Avast Antivirus

Avast Antivirus thinks that Dorico is Malware “PUP:Win32:HackTool-HA [PUP]”. It also happens on a clean Windows install so very probably there isn’t any Malware on it yet.

I am also an Avast user. Indeed, I am quite happy with it. But… I have not had it give me any warnings about Dorico being malware. My version of Avast is the free one.

That seems to be a Win32/Keygen Hack Tool, something that doesn’t come with Dorico neither from Steinberg.

Most likely you have got this by installing some add-ons to an internet browser, whether that was intentional or not.

Pedantically, it’s not a virus but a “potentially unwanted program” (PUP).

Maybe your “clean installation of Windows” wasn’t as clean as you thought. There may have been some files “left over from the previous version”.

Ironically, according to a Microsoft report, one way to get this is to install a hacked copy of Avast itself :blush: - it’s often included in “cracked” copies of popular software like MS Office, Photoshop, etc, etc.

Dear Rob

Well I installed:

  • Windows 7 from the Dell Recovery Disc on a formatted hard drive
  • applied all the updates
  • installed the Dorico Trial
  • installed Avast which I downloaded from the Avast homepage
    Nothing cracked there …

There are several things you might have done “wrong” in that list which wouldn’t delete any malware, but this forum probably isn’t the right place to discuss how to reinstall Windows.