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Hello, I'm wondering if winrar is a protected application on mbam. I don't see it in the default section and if I open it or any .rar file and use process explorer and search for mbae.dll or mbae64.dll I only see my firefox processes or other aplication protected by it. If it is not protected, should I add it? Thanks in advance

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No, WinRAR is not among the default shielded applications, that said, there have not been very many exploits for utilities like WinRAR, and in fact the only one I know of was only due to the fact that it would previously launch executable .ACE format archives using an outdated third party library which has long since been removed from current versions of WinRAR so it is now immune to that attack/exploit type and I know of no other exploits for it.  WinRAR isn't supposed to execute any actual code, so exploits targeting it are not common, assuming any exist at all beyond the .ACE vulnerability (which was really due to the fact that the .ACE library executed .ACE installers as executables rather than opening/extracting them like normal archives).

Additionally, WinRAR isn't really a web-facing application, though it is used to open archives from the web (though again, it only extracts them; it doesn't execute any code in memory).  This is why applications like web browsers and office type applications are targeted much more frequently as they are capable of executing scripting/code and connect directly to the web in the case of web browsers.

I hope that helps to clarify things a bit, and if a staff member posts with further details I defer to their expertise.

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okay, thanks a lot for the info. I have the program updated so i shouldn't be worried now. I have used it for many years, even before that patch but always having mbam and avast so i don't really know if i was afected, i guess if some sort of malware was created by that exploit mbam or avast would have detected it as any other malware trying to executing itself.

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It's doubtful; I don't believe that particular attack vector was used often in the wild (if at all), and even traditional AVs and Malwarebytes itself should have detected most if not all threats which might have attempted to (since technically they were just executables and therefore malicious versions of .ACE installers/archives would behave like normal malware/Trojans etc. in memory, using tactics which should be easily identifed as malicious).

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