Friday, January 30, 2009
McAfee quarantines AOL-associated EXE's ACSROLLB, ACSLAEU; false alarms?
Today my McAfee virus scan, on a laptop, quarantined eight files or items associated with ACSLAEU.EXE. I found them on the McAfee scan results with the “Restore” and “files” from the McAfee advanced menu.
I checked this online and found this reference showing that the item is associated with AOL, probably the dialup (which I use only on the laptop). It appears that these are probably “safe” and “false alarms”.
Prevx also has a similar report, as “under review", report here.
However, a Geek Squad person told me that AOL dialup’s penchant for opening other ports is potentially very dangerous.
The item is capable of changing registry keys and starting new processes, although McAfee seems to indicate that this never actually happened on my machine.
Previously, in Sept 2008, I had been warned by McAfee about another similar item, ACSROLLB, writeup here.
It appears that AOL has been “implicated” in this issue since March 2008.
McAfee site’s own search doesn’t show these as “viruses”. If someone knows more about these items, please feel free to comment.