Several user reports suggest a suspicious file named FileRepMalware that has been repeatedly showing up on third-party antivirus scans. AVG and Avast are two anti-virus software that detects this potential security threat.
What is FileRepMalware?
In simple terms, FileRepMalware is a malicious file and a potential threat to computers according to Avast, AVG, and other third-party anti-virus suites.
Previously this malware was known as Win32: Evo-gen and was associated with a corrupt KMSpico-a tool used to activate Windows without purchasing.
The Avast scans will associate a file the FileRepMalware status if some conditions are met;
- The file does not appear on the anti-virus clean set
- File has a limited number of downloads
- The file has not been claimed by any publisher
- Dubious signature
This malware is known to cause decreased computer performance, allows browsers to track user searches which is a serious breach of privacy.
However, it is no where near the top most malicious malware that is out there.
Furthermore, research statements suggest that it is only capable of installing adware while having to inflict no trojan level damage.
Is the security threat real?
Once the user executes a FileRepMalware class file they might eventually notice seeing suspicious advertisements while browsing and unwanted browser redirects.
Furthermore, these suspicious advertisements (not originating from the sites you are browsing) often lead to malicious websites that run scripts that download and install malware such as adware onto the computer.
This malware then invades user privacy by storing various user information that includes personal data.
Moreover, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet service providers (ISPs), geo-locations, URLs visited, search engine searches, pages viewed, keystrokes, and other collected data is later shared with other firms to utilize this information for their benefit such as targeted marketing.
Users end up with a barrage of advertisements ‘mysteriously’ resembling what they are searching for over the internet.
Not only this but personal information collection and sharing can result in credit-card frauds being committed over the internet by unsuspecting e-shoppers.
Therefore, we believe this matter should be seriously dealt.
Armed with all this information, you should make it a priority to remove tracking & adware applications immediately to prevent a greater loss in the future.
What about false positives?
Sometimes what happens is that the anti-virus software will flag a particular file as suspicious although that does not indicate whether that file is a real threat.
Avast will notoriously assign a FileRepMalware tag to a file that has not been downloaded by many users.
This does not tell the user how dangerous a particular file is rather it just emphasizes its unpopularity among other Avast users.
Similarly, this also happens with other cracked applications that are not a threat. Avast will flag that application resulting in a false positive.
To be absolutely sure whether a file is a threat or not we prefer to upload the file to VirusTotal.
VirusTotal is an application that checks files for being suspected of potential malware with 50+ malware scanners. Moreover, if a threat is unearthed the application declares it as a threat.
In order to test a file with VirusTotal, visit this link here.
Chromium is potential adware. Learn more about Chromium, the risks are possessed and how to get rid of it: http://www.techacker.net/chromium-wont-uninstall/
How to remove FileRepMalware?
Once the file is declared a threat by VirusTotal scans you would need to remove the malware from your computer.
We would recommend as always, Malwarebytes as the best source to get rid of potentially harmful software.
Malwarebytes, from our experience, is a reliable scanner that effectively locates all malicious files and provides their location on the computer as well.
Proceed to download and install Malwarebytes from this source.
Once downloaded run a Deep scan on your computer to ensure all infections are removed.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions; Do give them a look, apart from that this wraps up this article. Comment for further queries. Thank you for reading!
Q1: What is the best free antivirus
Answer: The best free antivirus software you can get today:
-Kaspersky Security Cloud Free.
-Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition.
-Windows Defender Antivirus.
-Avast Free Antivirus.
-AVG AntiVirus Free.
Q2: Is uTorrent a virus or a malware?
Answer: Negative, uTorrent is not a virus or malware. Rather, uTorrent is a download manager like Internet Download Manager, the only difference is, uTorrent is used to download torrents.
Q3: FileRepMalware dangerous?
Answer: Although not the most dangerous but yes it is dangerous in the sense that it could possibly collect user personal data such as passwords, credit-cards numbers, etc. which in the wrong hands possesses a real threat.
Q4: KMSPico a virus?
Answer: KMSPico is identified as malware because it replaces the original key with the volume license key and creates an emulated instance of KMS server locally avoiding online activation.
Hence, your Windows can not connect to online servers and continues to work with that replaced license key thinking it as the original key.
Q5: Is KMSPico illegal?
Answer: KMSPico is an illegal software which has been offered to activate Windows 10 and other Windows operating system versions for free.
Unfortunately, this Key Management System is unsafe and has no relations to Microsoft Corporation.
Q6: Can I remove KMSPico after activation?
Answer: Yes you can remove KMSpico but it would be advised not to as you may have activated windows or MS office with KMSpico. To keep your Windows activated do not remove KMSpico. If you remove it then your Windows will go back to trial mode.
Q7: How do I check if my KMS is activated?
Answer: To check if the client computer is properly activated, you can either check in the Control Panel System or run the SLMgr script in the command prompt. To check run Slmgr. vbs with the /dli command-line option.
Q8: Do ROMs have viruses?
Answer: Generally, yes the ROMs or even the Emulator program itself could be infected, using malicious intent.
Q9: Is .EXE always a virus?
Answer: Not all the time, however, it would be advised to download .exe files with maximum caution!
Q10: How do you know if a virus is a false positive?
Answer: Try uploading the file over to VirusTotal and run the scan to find out.