Problem Is The FTB Launcher safe

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Jikahn

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It's safe. Get rid of that (if you can o_O) and get Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I still use that because I got a lifetime key for it before it went subscription. Maybe someone else can recommend other good free anti-malware solutions. McAfee is not in that group. Neither is Norton. Even Malwarebytes will become a victim of itself. Either you die an anti-virus or you live long enough to see yourself become the virus.

John McAfee made McAfee anti-virus, but John McAfee has something to say about the current state of the anti-virus. This is really John McAfee. NSFW
 

Jikahn

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Those 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:
 

mono832

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Those 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:
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 needed
 

Automation

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I think Ftb checks the software like every week to fix bugs and stuff and they would've sent out a message if they knew someone got into the download file and hacked it
 

Dex Luther

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I use avast, I scanned it and nothing popped up when I first got it
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.

If you're careful about what you download and where you go on the internet, anti-viruses are not really needed and often cause more problems than they solve (free ones especially). Kinda like Defrag apps and system "optimizers." They are just a way of extracting money from people that don't know any better.

I have nothing but the default Windows 10 defender. I use a virus scanner every few months just to make sure, and it always comes up clean.