Where do I post about a file my avast software is saying is suspicious

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Offline Carol Joy

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I need to know what the particular "bad file" is about. According to Googling around for help on it, the file has to do with avast itself?


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Offline PCBruiser

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Here"s a good place:  http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=81.0. Upload the file there.  Note that you won't see the file after it is uploaded for analysis.   That is to proptect our members from accidentally downloaded an infected file and running it on their systems.  One of us will take care of it from there and report back in that same topic.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2012, 09:22:00 PM by PCBruiser »
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Offline Carol Joy

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Will do as you suggest.

Also sometimes I need to find out what an extension of a file is. Where do I post such queries?
For instance there is a file that is called .lex and it is over 4,200 K big. It came with the computer. I am simply curious what this file is about.


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That file extension is usually associated with Adobe products, in most cases Acrobat.  What is the file name?  It is also not an executable file, except if it is used by malware.  You should note that I have never seen a malware file using that extension in the many years I have been doing this kind of thing.  If it scans properly with your antivirus and MBAM, it is highly unlikely to be malware.  If you right click on the file and choose properties, you can usually find a tab in the panel that opens that may tell you what program developer it is associated with, although that is not always present.  To scan the file, right click on it and your antivirus should have added a scan with line.  MBAM always adds a similar line.  Simply click on those lines, and the file will be scanned for you and that will alert you if it is somehow related to malware.
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Offline Carol Joy

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Thank you PCBruiser.

I was simply curious about it - I often understand a little bit about the files that came with the computer, but the "LEX" one had me stumped. Makes perfect sense that it is involved with Adobe - Adobe products that most of us use came along a decade  after I was done taking computer classes.