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Apr 14, 08:16 am

ExterminateIt.exe file disappears or False Positive Detection

Dear Exterminate It! Customers,

As some of you might already notice, starting from the middle of March 2019, ExterminateIt.exe (our main executable file) starts to be detected / automatically removed by some Antimalware Vendors:

  • Windows Defender – Misleading:Win32:Lodi (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • ESET-NOD32 – A Variant Of Win32/ExtermIt.A Potentially Unw… (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Palo Alto Networks – Generic.ml (32-bit only)

We assure you that this is false positive detection and we have notified all the vendors above of the false positive detections and requested detection removal.

Please note that right now there are 2 different versions of Exterminate It! executable 32-bit and 64-bit depending on your operating system version. The current false positive detection state of Exterminate It! versions on virustotal.com website can be found: here 32-bit executable detection and here 64-bit executable detection.

Reasons for Detection

We have experienced such issues in the past and it’s resolution and they were related to the AppEsteem Corporation Rules which specifies the Deceptor Requirements. Some Antimalware vendors use those rules blindly for detections.

This time cause of calling Exterminate It! as deceptor app is newly introduced ACR-004 rule.
ACR-004:The app does not provide free fixes for any free scans that can’t be fixed permanent.”

The issue is related with Cookies removal which is more “delete the traces” than “permanent fix” procedure.
The description of ACR-004 you could find by using this link on AppEsteem website .

Once again – AppEsteem detection has hit Exterminate It! reputation and results in losses, without any prior warning before re-listing the Exterminate It!, with more than 10 years history as “Deceptor.” on their website.

To solve the problem with the above-mentioned detection, we will modify Exterminate It! Antimalware that no scanning results will be provided when Application is running in the “non-activated” mode.

Restore Exterminate It! Executable:

As whitelisting those detections may take some time, to continue using Exterminate It! on your PC along with the enlisted Security Products, please follow this temporary workaround:

Restore the removed Exterminate It! executable file (ExterminateIt.exe) installed by default at:

  • (32 bit system) – C:\Program Files (x86)\Exterminate It!
  • (64 bit system) – C:\Program Files\Exterminate It!
    using the Undo / Quarantine / etc. functionality depending on the product:

  • Windows Defender:
    • Double click on Shield icon located in the system tray
    • Click on Virus and Threat Protection
    • Click on Scan History
    • Click on Misleading:Win32/Lodi items
    • Click on Restore button for every Misleading:Win32/Lodi item detected
  • ESET-NOD32:

Download Exterminate It! Installation bypassing the Microsoft Smart Filter:

Exterminate It! Download is blocked by Microsoft Smart Screen Filter when you downloading it with Microsoft Edge browser.

To install Exterminate It! despite this blocking try to download Exterminate It! using another browser.
Otherwise do the following:

  1. Download Exterminate It! using this link: https://downloads.exterminate-it.com/install/ExterminateItSetup.exe
  2. You are getting popup “ExterminateItSetup.exe is unsafe to download and was blocked by Windows Defender SmartScreen”.
  3. Click on View downloads button
  4. In the Current Downloads part of the list Right Click on ExterminateItSetup.exe list item and choose Download unsafe file.
  5. File will appear in the Past Downloads part of the list. Right click on it and choose the Run Anyway.

Afterwards you should be able to install Exterminate It! on your PC.

We will keep you informed about further detection changes in our Blog