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Old 03-17-2009, 06:00 PM
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I downloaded something from somwhere that already has an activation code imbedded in it. Scanned it with avast and malwarebytes and it came up clean. I just scanned it with trend micro's online scanner to be sure and it found it contained spyware called "hackingtools_cain". I looked up the definition for this and didn't find much. I think it's a false alarm though. As in, trend micro is noticing the script or whatever imbedded in this copy that puts the activation code in there for you. Thoughts? It's worked so far without ringing any alarms on my computer but I'm going to make copies for co-workers and don't want to bugger their computers.

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i like this one too:
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Heh. I don't recall that we have a policy about discussing TheР1rateBay.οrg, or about downloading copies of Μicr0sоft 0ffіce from it.

I've found that some antivirus / antispyware programs redflag known copy-protection / activation hacks, which of course would be included with your download. Not saying that it's guaranteed safe, just that the unlocking programs themselves tend to be targeted for one reason or another.
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Try this: VirusTotal - Free Online Virus and Malware Scan

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Disregard if this is a couple gigs.

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There is a thread on here some place where someone recommends malwarebytes anti-malware. That program is fantastic.
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that's what I'm thinking joe, thanks. trend micro says it is a hacking utility but doesn't really explain why it would be malicious. Trend micro also says hackingtools_cain can be uninstalled via ad remove programs. Doesn't sound too serious. And upon further review nothing was installed to any of the directories mentioned here: HACKINGTOOLS_CAIN

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Originally Posted by icantthink4155 View Post
There is a thread on here some place where someone recommends malwarebytes anti-malware. That program is fantastic.
yep. fantastic software. You can also run a virus scan at Free ESET Online Antivirus Scanner.
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Cain is a network scanning "tool". I've used it some and it does have a second part to it called Abel. Thus Cain & Abel. Abel is detected as a trojan by many anti virus programs because it IS a backdoor program that Cain uses to access the remote system. It is easily identifiable by it being listed in the windows services. I don't remember its service name off the top of my head but it starts with Abel.
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