Like many enthusiasts I use some of the freeware utilities supplied by Nirsoft software (http://www.nirsoft.net). However both Comodo AV and AVG (my previous AV product) report malware detection against some of the executables. On his site there is a section dealing with false positives stating that many well-known AV products report these annoying results. He also states how to avoid getting these problems - preferably by contacting the AV provider.
I had hoped that Comodo AV might be more subtle in identifying AV threats but there is obviously a problem here. In the meantime I have added the Nirsoft products to my Comodo AV list of exclusions.
I am sure the AV writers will make the appropriate changes. In any case I really rate the Comodo AV program, hence the change from AVG.
The problem with some of the Nirsoft applications is, that they can be used for malicious actions.
COMODO will accordingly detect them as “riskware” or “hacktool” or something similar.
Just have a look at the name of the malware COMODO detects. I think this characterization is fitting for the password sniffers for example.
In COMODO it’s less a problem of false positive detection (in this case), but a problem, that you can’t tell COMODO how to handle the different categories. All categories will raise the same alert!
I made a feature request about that - and probably there were also some others…
We’ll have to wait, what time will bring…
The applications which have a history of being used by malware or are constantly bundled with will be categorized as riskware. This is to ensure that these are not used for malicious purposes. Any user which willingly install and use these programs can add them to exclusion list.