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Is File1 Package Manager malware?

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asked Feb 18, 2013 about File1 Package Manager

I just updated Adobe Flash and when that was done, I found that File1 Package Manager had also installed and had launched and was in turn attempting to update my Ant.com video downloader. Pressing "cancel" did nothing, and when I went into the Task Manager (using ctl-alt-del) and clicked on "end process" I got an error message that I did not have authorization to end the process.

Eventually it ended on its own, but WTF? It looks like malware: downloading, installing, and running all without my knowledge or consent. When I Google it, there's almost no information out there about it.

I'll do a full system scan with Microsoft Security Essentials, but I'd also really like to know if anybody out there has heard of this.

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answered Feb 19, 2013 by Eugenio 2 (140 points)

I had experienced exactly the same thing. I couldn't stop it from downloading by itself. I think it's using Adobe Flash as a hide behind.
When I go to programs and features and I select the Unistall option it pretends to update the software on the computer.
What a nightmare, as it just pops up from I don't know where.
I have no idea how to block it.
If there is any help.
Thanks.

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answered Feb 19, 2013 by Derek 6 (140 points)

Same thing here. And tries to update. I once had it installed on here but have not used it for a year or so. Never saw it attempt to update until now. I'm also getting the File1 Package Manager when I first boot up. So far, it has been successfully stopped by using the task manager. I'm eager to lean about this one as well. Thanks!

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answered Feb 20, 2013

I get the same thing and have had to end process in task manager to get rid of it, but it adds a shortcut to my desktop and starts up again each time I restart my computer and it was also connected with Flash or Java updates.

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answered Feb 20, 2013 by Gary Martinez (140 points)

Do you have Ant Video Downloader installed? It looks like the File1 package manager is coming from their auto-update. http://www.ant.com/video-downloader/internet-explorer

I got rid of it by starting Windows in safe mode and delete all keys with references to file1 and Helios. Be careful when doing that - you can easily screw up something.

Needless to say that I also uninstalled Ant Downloader. Too bad - it was a good product.

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