Virex problem

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  1. macapple macrumors member

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    I am running virex 7.2 and when i finish a scan it says it has found 8 possibly infected files but it does not clean them if i said they should be cleaned. Also how do i find out what files are possibly infected.
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Virex 7.2 makes doing this WAY more difficult than it needs to be. What you have to do is save the log to a text file, open the file with an application like TextEdit, search for words that indicate trouble (like "virus" and "infect"), then take appropriate action on the offending files - what you do depends on what kind of files are flagged. For example, if a MS Word document is listed as possibly infected, stripping it of macros would be a reasonable action to take. Other file types are usually best deleted.
     
  3. ScotRobson macrumors 6502

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    I have 11 files showing as possibly infected. How do I search through the text document as you suggest?

    Also how would you strip a document of macros?

    And I always have 3 non critical errors, do you know what that means? and 3278 files not scanned????

    Thanks
    Scot
     
  4. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    I've wondered what's up with Virex, and not scanned files, possibly infected files, and non-critical errors myself... I'm coming up with 1 possibly infected, but have no clue what it is, or how to handle it... This thread could be real helpful...
     
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    To search, simply open the document in TextEdit, then choose Find from the Edit menu and type what you're looking for in the Find box.

    To strip a MS Word document of macros, open it in Word, choose Tools->Macros, select everything, then click delete. If you can't select all of them at once, select each one then click delete.

    A non-critical error may indicate several things:
    1. A corrupt file
    2. Access was denied due to permissions
    3. Some other internal problem within Virex

    Typically, files aren't scanned if their types and/or filenames are on Virex's exclusion list. This could be because scanning them cannot be done while the application that uses them is open, for example.
     
  6. ScotRobson macrumors 6502

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    Thanks wrldwzrd, I'm at work now, will try searching my text doc when i get home and see what the little buggers are!

    The only app that I had running while i did my last scan was Safari, do you think that could have caused so many things not to be checked?

    Scot
     
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Safari does generate lots of little cache files - your theory makes sense and could be the cause of that behavior, though I can't say for sure.
     

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