Many people still trust third-party antivirus software more than the built-in Windows security app when it comes to Windows security. However, these programs are prone to false positives, where the threat is just a mix-up while the file is safe.
One of the typical cases of false positives detected by third-party antivirus programs is Win: 32Bogent. Usually the file is automatically removed or moved to the quarantine folder. But isn't it a threat and should you ignore the warning?
This article will show you how to spot false positive warnings and the real threats related to Win32: BogEnt in Windows 10.
What is Win32: BogEnt?
Win32: BogEnt is a heuristic analysis tool of some popular antivirus suites that detects any unusual behavior of certain files found on the host system. While there is nothing wrong with heuristic analysis of antivirus applications, this warning can sometimes appear when launching or updating legitimate applications such as the Steam client.
Even though the antivirus software may have detected the file incorrectly, it is still best to thoroughly investigate the problem before dismissing the alert.
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Is Win32: BogEnt false positive or not?
The Win32: BogEnt is usually detected by third party antivirus software and can be alarming when opening some apps like the Steam client. However, to determine whether the warning is false positive or not, you need to review your previous actions when the warning occurs.
For example, if the warning occurs when opening the Steam client, it is likely a false positive. You can hold responsibility for how the client behaves and how your third-party antivirus does the heuristic detection.
However, if you don't open legitimate apps, your computer might be infected with a real virus. In this case, you need to take troubleshooting steps to keep your system safe.
How to check and remove Win: 32Bogent in Windows 10
Below are some steps that can help you identify whether or not Win32: BogEnt is a threat and how to remove it from your system:
Update your antivirus
If the Win: 32Bogent warning keeps popping up every time you open your Steam client, don't panic. You can try updating your third-party antivirus and see if it stops sending false positives. Next, check to see if there are any pending updates for your current antivirus software. If so, install it. Most of the time, the new updates contain corrections to address this problem.
Once the software is updated, restart your computer, restart the Steam client and see if you still get the warning. If you're still doing this, move on to the next fix.
Uninstall third-party antivirus
If you are still getting warnings after updating your antivirus, uninstall it and consider replacing it with a better alternative like Malwarebytes. To uninstall your current antivirus app:
Press and hold the window + R. Buttons to open the Run dialog box. Then enter appwiz.cpl and click OK to open the Programs and Features window.
Once you're in the Programs and Features window, find your antivirus software in the list of installed apps and right click on it. click Uninstall from the menu.
Follow the instructions on the screen to completely delete the program. After you've uninstalled your third-party antivirus software, run a full scan using the Windows built-in security tool to find other security issues on your system.
Important NOTE: Removing your third-party antivirus could put your computer at risk. While doing this, make sure you switch to the Windows security program immediately to keep your PC safe and secure.
Run a full scan with Microsoft Defender
After the third-party software that notified you of a fake Win32: BogEnt error has been removed from your system, it is time to check for other vulnerabilities. Here's how:
Open the settings by pressing the button. hold window + I Key.
click Update & security.
Select in the menu on the left Windows security > Virus and threat protection.
Next click Scan options Link under the Quick Scan button.
Choose Complete search from the option and click Scan now. Wait for the scan to finish.
You will see the results upon completion.
Remember that a full scan will take longer than the usual quick scan. So be patient and wait for it to complete. The more files, folders, processes and apps you have on your system, the longer the scan will take.
If Microsoft Defender does not recognize Win32: BogEnt after a full scan, your system is protected from viruses and threats. But if it quarantines and removes a file then it really is a threat to your computer. You can look it up C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows Defender Quarantine to see the threat and delete it from your system.
Check if the Win32: BogEnt file is a threat
If the alert is triggered by apps other than Steam, scan the file for virus problems. You can also upload the quarantined file to a virus database such as VirusTotal to scan and identify the file for security threats.
Open your antivirus software and go to the quarantine tab. Find the Win32: BogEnt file and note its path.
After making a note of the location of the file, go to the VirusTotal website.
On the website, click Choose file and select the file from your system.
Wait for VirusTotal to finish scanning and find information about the suspicious file.
Next, analyze the bottom line and see if the file is a potential threat or not.
If VirusTotal cannot detect a problem with the uploaded file, it is most likely a false positive. However, if it finds threats in it, you need to remove the file immediately.
Boot into Safe Mode
If the threat persists and you are struggling to completely remove the infected file from your Windows 10 PC, try starting your system in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, Windows only performs essential services and you can remove any Trojan malware from the system as these processes do not lock the file. Follow the steps below:
Go to Settings by pressing and holding the button window + I Key.
Select in the settings window Update & security from the menu.
Next click recreation Option from the left menu. In the Advanced startup section, click the Restart now Button.
Then go to the Troubleshooting > Expanded options > Startup settings. Next click Start anew Button.
After your computer has restarted again, select Enable Safe Mode from the list of options by pressing the button. to press 4th or F4 Key. This will start your PC in Safe Mode.
Once your computer is in Safe Mode, run Microsoft Defender again to get rid of the virus. Alternatively, you can install the Microsoft Safety Scanner. Once installed, you can run a scan to find the malware in your system and undo any changes made by the threat.
After removing the threat, usually restart your PC to resume its normal functions.
Safety should always be a priority
Remember to never reject warnings from your antivirus software, whether it is Win32: BogEnt or not. While some of the results may be false positives, it is always best to investigate what is causing the warning to keep your system safe.
If you are still getting the Win32: BogEnt warning, please make sure to follow all of the above steps so that you can determine if this is an actual threat to your computer. Also, always prioritize the security of your system to keep you and your device safe from malicious actors.
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