Trojan in Notepad++ False Positive?

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    Trojan in Notepad++ False Positive?

    AVG found a trojan in notepad++. SciLexer.dll. Notepad++ wont seem to work w/o it. Would this be a false positive?

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    If you downloaded it from the official site, I doubt very much it's a real threat.
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    Trojans stick to anything - so its never really a shock when one appears on a scan. Even if you never download anything dodgy, and keep your pc top notch - you will still get one somtimes. Silly really, thankfully they are largly harmless.
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    Notepad++ is based on Scintilla, from which SciLexer.dll probably originates. I'm not having any problem with AVG 8 and Notepad++ (Or SciTE, also based on Scintilla).

    What probably happened is some trojan out there used SciLexer.dll as well, and now it's got a bad rap. I had that happen with another open source package I installed along with my app.

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    AVG has unfortunately a high false positives rate. Higher than most.
    Try to scan the file manually and to scan it without heuristics.
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    I've also found that AVG 8 seems to have a high false positive rate. Much higher than AVG 7. The other day I loaded up a game that would create 3 DLLs in the a documents and settings folder and AVG 8 flagged the dll as a trojan. After a bit of research I realized it was a false positive and simply told AVG to ignore the dll.

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    Googling dident seem to come up with much useful information. I was using the portable version then i downloaded the standard version, scanned it, and AVG said nothing about the scilexer.dll that came with it. So I'm just using that now instead.

    Cheers.

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