slechtwere wrote: ↑
23 Jun 2020, 07:54
...Personally, I don't bother sending false positives to AV companies. Because I think it's none of their business what I do with my files on my computer. I just excluded the folder containing my scripts from scanning... Once the scripts are being executed there seems to be no problem.
Thanks for your support. However, I think you might be missing the point of why it's important to report false-positives and are advocating for something that is detrimental to the community. It's not simply or only about you or I. It's about poorly run AV companies and competing parties accidentally or purposely mislabeling the software we use and rely on, which then escalates into problems for AHK users in general
True, you can probably create an exception for yourself
. However, if you use the software in a school, business, work, or give it to friends that is a different situation
. Those people using the software might not have
1) The administrative access to create an exception
2) The technical knowledge to know what to do
3) The confidence to allow the software to run or give it permission based on fears and perceived negative reputation
In addition, being mislabeled as malware, tends to have an escalating effect. As has been shown in the past, you can have web browsers, websites that host software, e-mail servers, and public opinion involved. For example, you can have the software on your website mislabeled as malware, and then get unexpectedly blocked by Chrome and Firefox
. Allowing AV companies to wrongfully mislabel an entire scripting language
can lead to bad surprises at the wrong time and unexpected consequences. Other examples are companies or schools not wanting programs coded in that particular scripting language, due to wrongful negative opinions, thus decreasing opportunities for those that code in that language or negatively affecting the projects they are involved in.
So it's more than just being about only ourselves, it's about the AHK community
in general, reputation, public opinion, and proper business practices. Reporting false-positives helps all of us, and acts as a counter-balance to bad actors and AV companies being unscrupulous or involved in bad business practices.