- Jul 9, 2020
MacAfee said That the ftb launcher is reported to contain viruses
Im not saying that the ftb app is a virus, but i am saying it is sometimes possible for websites and software to be hacked, or to download the wrong resources neededThose are heuristic detections. That means the software is looking for patterns in an attempt to identify viruses that are unknown. This can commonly result in false positives. I've personally scanned that entire directory with MBAM and nothing popped up. Anti Malware software is a useful tool, but it's kind of a false sense of security. Ultimately, the best anti malware is you and using your brain, and asking questions like you did. And if you are still in doubt after this, go to reddit and find a tech support subreddit, ask about FTB there. Maybe someone who is a disinterested party will help you out. Because if you suspect FTB is spreading viruses, you shouldn't be asking on FTB forums, right? They aren't though. FTB has been around a long time and they would have been caught by now.
1. Make sure you are getting the file from directly from FTB and not some other website.
2. VirusTotal.com : This site is scans reasonably sized files with a bunch of antimalware software. Sometimes a few flags will pop up, but if you are getting files from popular and well known source, those are almost always false positives due to heuristics. Heuristic detections have vague names, or even say heuristic in the "name". You can learn to recognize the difference between 100% identifiable viruses and heuristic detections.
This is the result from the 64bit installer:
This is the result from FTBApp.exe:
This is the launcher .jar file:
Definitions change all the time. They have to to keep up with actual dangerous things. Depending on when you got it the definition that flagged FTB as dangerous could have been removed or possibly not added yet. It might have even been removed around the time you got FTB, then added again and maybe even removed again sometime later. Definitions change often when people flag them as false positives. Then something happens to have it added again and removed again when people report false positives again.I use avast, I scanned it and nothing popped up when I first got it