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Identify unfamiliar files in your PC with Bit9

March 17, 2006 by  

Have you ever come upon unfamiliar files on your hard drives and wonder if the file is a virus or a trojan?

A few years ago a hoax e-mail was circulated instructing people to delete an alleged virus file “jdbgmgr.exe”. The file was actually totally harmless but most people just didn’t know that.

A newly launched service from Bit9 Inc, will help you identify any file using FileAdvisor, an online search engine which allow you to search data on 25 million Windows PC files, collected from Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp., the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other sources.

You can search using file names but the problem with this is sometimes a virus or Trojan masquerades itself with a legitimate file name. To avoid this problem, you can download a small application which identifies the file by computing a unique number. That number is then compared to the FileAdvisor database, giving a better chance of identification.

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