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Utility to moniter program activities

I often come across files which my antivirus flags as malware, but how can i check if it's false-positive?
So i need a utility which can track/monitor the activities/changes that the file/program does to the computer..

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A good firewall such as Zone Alarm will alert you when software is trying to contact outside of your PC. This will most likely help you to determine whether a piece of software is malware or not. If you do not expect this software to call home, and it is, then it is probably doing something you don't want it to. Also, if you do not trust your antivirus, I would suggest getting a new one that you do trust. Personally I use Avast which is free and updates definitions multiple times a day.

However, if you do want a program that will track changes down to the file level, you can get one HERE.

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Please indicate which anti-virus detected it, and make sure it
is not a false positive, such as those often reported by AVG

Also which OS are you using?

1) Reboot your computer into ugly mode (i.e. safe mode) by
pressing F8 after the POST but before the boot process.

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2) Run the anti-virus again and see if it will remove the trojan.

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