Windows XP - Use Bit9 FileAdvisor To Determine A Mystery File's Origin


If you find a file on your computer that you don't recognize, you may worry that it's malware. Before you panic, check out Bit9's free FileAdvisor to learn if the file comes from a legitimate source.


To register with Bit9 and use FileAdvisor on the web:


  1. Point your browser to fileadvisor.bit9.com.
  2. In the Enter File Name Or Hash text box, enter the name of the file you're researching and click the Search button.
  3. The Search Results page displays and asks you to log in or register.
  4. If you haven't registered, click the Register ink and enter the required information. (It's free!)
  5. Click the Login link to log in. FileAdvisor displays a list of files that match your search.
  6. Click a file; FileAdvisor displays information about the file you selected.

As you can see, Bit9 tells you the suspect file's source, including a hyperlink to the website. At this time, FileAdvisor lists only legitimate vendors, so you can click the hyperlink to safely investigate the vendor. If Bit9 doesn't list a source, then kick your defense mechanisms into high gear. Make sure your anti-virus program is up-to-date, run a scan of your drive, and ensure you're firewall is running.

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