SteamService.exe identified as malwarePosted on July 28th, 2012 at 09:33 3 comments
This just in from reader WP…
Hey Woody, been a reader of your site for a long time.
I just wanted to send this tip in that many gamers have recently had with avast! and Valve’s Steam platform. Recently, the makers of avast! botched a definition update within the past few days which caused SteamService.exe to be detected as malware, when it isn’t. With the executable not being able to open, Steam itself will not open.
The fix is to reinstall Steam or force a definition update with avast! instead (or move it out of the chest).
Keep up the good work!
3 responses to “SteamService.exe identified as malware”
axkramer July 29th, 2012 at 03:49
Apparently I am living in a parallel universe in as much as I have no idea what WP is talking about. Some clarification would be appreciated. (My wife, no less, says it has something to do with video games.)
Score one for your wife! Yep, it’s a game program…
rc primak July 31st, 2012 at 00:14
I haven’t used Avast for a couple of years because of its constant flase positives. Usually euristics dinging a vital Windows System File or Process as malicious, not a definitions FP per se. But this is just another reason to switch.
I still have no plans to retest Avast with Windows 8 after experiencing a Fatal System Kernel error message with both Avast 7 and Win 8 in beta stages.
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