Author Topic: Avast detected Threat:Win32:Adware-gen [adw] ... false positive?  (Read 4504 times)

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Offline shellac

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I ran a full scan with avast 5 on my Acer Aspire 3680 laptop and it detected only one file:

C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Arcade\Kernel\CLML_NTService\se\xmlparse.dll

Avast called it "Threat:Win32:Adware-gen [adw]"

The action "Move to Chest" received the error "Access is denied"

Avast said this virus was in memory or something.
It suggested a boot scan which I haven't done yet because I got to thinking...

If this is a false positive and it gets removed, could it damage my computer?
Is this a common false positive on Acer computers?
Should I just trust avast and remove it?
If this was a threat, why wouldn't malwarebytes and all the other adware programs have found this?

Anyway, thanks for your help.  I'm just skeptical of the detection and not sure what to do.

Offline CharleyO

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Re: Avast detected Threat:Win32:Adware-gen [adw] ... false positive?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 05:46:01 PM »

Welcome to the forums, shellac   :)

If you think it is a False Positive, please report the FP as explained here:;action=display;threadid=7779

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