When installing our apps on your computer, depending on your security software application, you might encounter a virus warning.
None of our apps include any form of bad stuff. No malware, no spyware, no virus, everything is completely clean.
Before every release, we run our applications through a (Google-owned) website named VirusTotal, which uses 50+ of the biggest security applications to scan for bad stuff. Unfortunately, some security companies are unreliable in their scanning methods, and as a result flag innocent software as being infected with something.
While McAfee and Norton have done this in the past, this time some company called Invincea decided to flag our new release.
The file in question that is flagged is the main dll file in Video Converter and Video Converter GT. The file contains the underlying tools used to make the programs do their work, and doesn't get updated very often. In fact, this particular file hasn't been updated/changed for almost 2 years (31/01/15), but now this file is flagged with a "Generic A" malware, which first appeared somewhere in 2011.
For a single company's product to find a 5 year old virus in a 2 year old file now, while 55 other security software apps report the file as being clean is pretty bad in my opinion.
Again, there is no bad stuff in any of our apps.
I don't know what is worse, malware or these companies that provide the false sense of security with their inferior apps. Of course malware and such is a big problem, but these security companies ransom developers to pay for "certification" services to prevent this from happening. And ransom is the correct word, because by flagging an app with a virus, the users of their apps believe that the software they download actually is harmful. When downloading an app, a big warning message is displayed, and as a result, the file will be deleted and the developer marked as a fraud.
As a small developer, I can't afford to pay $500-$1000 a year to "certify" my apps.