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October 02, 2017, 01:12:00 PM
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If I re-scan the system with Hitman Pro, then the downloaded win64 setup file is being marked as malware, the bitcoin-qt.exe file, and bitcoind.exe file.

If I happen to scan with Avira, another anti virus software, then nothing happens. I downloaded it from bitcoin.org as always, and verified the signature ~ everything seems to be pointing at a false alert, but not 100% sure.

The previous (sub 0.15) versions were never resulting in whatever alert. Maybe that it has to do with important changes that a non technical person as me doesn't know anything about?

Edit ~ I downloaded a whole lot of setup files to test them, and it seems that almost every file of 0.13 and above triggers a malware alert. Everything below 0.13 comes out as clean. Maybe a SegWit related thingy?

But then again, some of the versions above 0.13 came out as clean too, and these have SegWit code as well. Roll Eyes

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October 02, 2017, 01:59:40 PM
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Bitcoin Core often triggers malware alerts because it looks for a wallet.dat file (as it needs to to function) and contains mining logic in it. People have also intentionally flagging Bitcoin Core as a virus in many antivirus software in an attempt to get users to not use Bitcoin Core and to discredit it. If you have verified the download, then this warning is a false positive and you should ignore it.

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October 02, 2017, 05:48:47 PM
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You can check with even more antiviruses using https://virustotal.com/ , you will be able to pinpoint all the AVs that flag it and all the ones that don't.
Just make sure not to upload any private files to that website, like the wallet file or maybe even log, just something you are sure isn't very identifiable, especially if you are running a Tor node and care about anonymity as well as security.

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October 03, 2017, 01:29:45 AM
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Bitcoin Core often triggers malware alerts because it looks for a wallet.dat file (as it needs to to function) and contains mining logic in it. People have also intentionally flagging Bitcoin Core as a virus in many antivirus software in an attempt to get users to not use Bitcoin Core and to discredit it. If you have verified the download, then this warning is a false positive and you should ignore it.

those software named names are funny ...
 
talking about bug (I'm on my day off, so please relax) reminds me John 'G13 nobody account' (internal gag)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soAofAWEpGU 

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