October 5, 2011
Had to re-register to post this because i have forgotten/lost details of username password. I recently downloaded the "Nirsoft Package" recommended in your newsletter. I did not install anything yet. My Norton antivirus performed it's regular scan and reported virus's galore., some of which you will find listed below.
rdpv.exe (password revealer}
All these and many more were contained in the Nirsoft package. While i realise they may well be false positives, i have deleted the software without using it. Please let me have your thoughts. Thanks Wendy
Hi Wendy, and welcome to the forum.
These are indeed false positives, absolutely guaranteed. NirSoft freeware has been around for a long time and has garnered a stellar reputation, not only for its simplicity and efficacy but also for its safety.
Anti-virus and other security software are designed to target anything which displays certain characteristics. Much of the NirSoft collection behaves in a manner which is common to the types of programs often utilized by the bad guys. Take the NirSoft password recovery tools for example; anti-virus programs assume that any tool which is being used to identify passwords must be malicious, regardless of who is using it or why. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth; it is merely you, the user, attempting to retrieve your own password with the help of the NirSoft software.
That is the nature of security software, and anti-virus programs in particular. They are unable to discern between legitimate use and malicious use, so they lump anything which has the ability to be used for bad purposes into the one category.
You can read more on the subject from Nir Sofer himself, [url=http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/:1vayzfen]HERE.[/url:1vayzfen]
Hope that helps explain. You have my absolute assurance that all NirSoft freeware is perfectly safe and malware free.
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