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Windows defender identifying AnyRail as a possible threat.

Started by kenhoganson, October 03, 2019, 09:15:39 pm

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Most likely the warning will go away with the next update of your Windows Defender virus definitions.

It seems that the problem lies in the updater, a small program that runs to see if there are AnyRail updates available. This program is provided by Advanced Installer. We've contacted them and they will investigate this further.

Still, don't worry, it is a false positive, meaning there is no virus/coin miner or anything dangerous.
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


Windows Defender just updated its virus definitions at 10:50AM(EST) Wed Oct 9.   Tried to download and install - nope same issue.  -Ken


October 09, 2019, 07:59:06 pm #17 Last Edit: October 09, 2019, 08:11:53 pm by kenhoganson
All, I just heard back from my tech guy, and AnyRail is quarantined on his system just as it is on mine.   But he also tried an older version, which installed and ran OK (though he did not specify which older version).

David, are the most recent versions prior to the most current still available to download?   I miss running AnyRail, and would like to try previous versions.   More recent layouts would not be readable by older versions no doubt.   But still, I could get at some of my older layouts that I have not worked on recently.  Thanks, Ken.

I may search my HD to see if I have an older install file, and try it.  No luck.
But, I downloaded and installed 5.25 from the web site - no probs, opened an old layout file just fine.


We've contacted Microsoft, and they have removed the incorrect detection of ARUpdater.exe which is part of the product.

Unfortunately, the .msi (installation package) as a whole still seems to get detected for some users. We've just contacted Microsoft again to take a look at that issue as well.

I'm very sorry for the trouble, but this is really something we cannot control.
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


Thanks David.   Understand this is not your issue.   I tried a download again this morning - no joy.  But could you help by making a previous version available to download, perhaps here on the forum.  5.25 works OK, but something more recent, perhaps just the version prior to the current version.   Worth a try!  -Ken


Ken, are you an enterprise Windows user? It seems that for some reason AnyRail is currently detected/flagged as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). However, this type of detection seems to be only available for enterprise Windows users.

This might also explain why some users are still having problems while others don't.

Of course we've explained the problem to Microsoft and they're currently looking into it.
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


Yes, an enterprise Windows user.  Which means we do not have much control to override settings, or allow exceptions to the app quarantine.   

5.25 works OK, but more recent would be helpful, perhaps the version immediately prior to the current version.   Worth a try!  -Ken


I've tested a whole lot of prior version, but they're all detected.
Let's see if Microsoft reacts swiftly to resolve this.

In the meantime, perhaps you have a spare laptop or something to install AnyRail on?
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.