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Possible False Positives from HL2.exe?


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-Log Details-
Protection Event Date: 3/28/22
Protection Event Time: 10:06 PM
Log File: f700fa02-af1d-11ec-b5e9-18c04d00efee.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.5.5.175
Components Version: 1.0.1621
Update Package Version: 1.0.52980
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 10 (Build 19044.1620)
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: System

-Blocked Website Details-
Malicious Website: 1
, E:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\GarrysMod\hl2.exe, Blocked, -1, -1, 0.0.0, , 

-Website Data-
Category: Trojan
Domain: 
IP Address: 37.230.228.200
Port: 27015
Type: Outbound
File: E:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\GarrysMod\hl2.exe

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Is this a FP? VirusTotal only listed 1/62 detections when I scanned the file. 

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10 minutes ago, maxgo said:

Is this a FP? VirusTotal only listed 1/62 detections when I scanned the file. 

This is a web block.

As for why Malwarebytes blocks Steam, Epic and other games, this is because Steam is Torrent based software, are what are known as Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications meaning it connects to many different servers/IP addresses (this is how files are downloaded through Torrent based software) and because of this, sometimes Torrent based software will connect to a server that is also known for hosting malicious content.  This is because servers/IP addresses are often shared by multiple sites, so while what you are Playing/downloading through Torrent based software may be perfectly safe, some of the sites hosted on some of the IP addresses that Torrent based software connects to may be malicious.  Such connections are not a threat however, and you may exclude Torrent based software from the Web Protection component in Malwarebytes to stop the blocks from happening without compromising your protection (your web browser and other critical web facing programs will still be fully protected from malicious websites and other malicious content).  To do so, add the game exe to your exclusions using the method described under the Exclude an Application that Connects to the Internet section of this support article.

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1 minute ago, Porthos said:

This is a web block.

As for why Malwarebytes blocks Steam, Epic and other games, this is because Steam is Torrent based software, are what are known as Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications meaning it connects to many different servers/IP addresses (this is how files are downloaded through Torrent based software) and because of this, sometimes Torrent based software will connect to a server that is also known for hosting malicious content.  This is because servers/IP addresses are often shared by multiple sites, so while what you are Playing/downloading through Torrent based software may be perfectly safe, some of the sites hosted on some of the IP addresses that Torrent based software connects to may be malicious.  Such connections are not a threat however, and you may exclude Torrent based software from the Web Protection component in Malwarebytes to stop the blocks from happening without compromising your protection (your web browser and other critical web facing programs will still be fully protected from malicious websites and other malicious content).  To do so, add the game exe to your exclusions using the method described under the Exclude an Application that Connects to the Internet section of this support article.

I actually saw this exact reply on a three year old MWB forum post, so this is what I figured. Thank you for your confirmation.

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2 minutes ago, maxgo said:

I actually saw this exact reply on a three year old MWB forum post, so this is what I figured. Thank you for your confirmation.

You might get lucky and this Ip has been cleaned up and it might get unblocked but there will be more blocked in the future.

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