Anti Virus

False positive anti-virus issues

FormulaBoost may be flagged as containing viruses by Windows defender and/or other anti-virus vendors.

False positives anti-virus detections are something most software developers have to deal with one way or another and can be a difficult problem to mediate. Sometimes nothing more can be done other than reporting the file as safe to each vendor and waiting for their database and detection methods to update.

In the case of FormulaBoost, we think a lot of the false positives stem from the fact that FormulaBoost uses an open source Excel add-in technology that is known to be used my malicious actors to create malicious add-ins. You can read more about this here and here.

We can't guarantee your system won't flag FormulaBoost. Further, we understand that whatever we write here or in emails to alleviate your concerns still put you in a position of taking our word for it.

To that end, we are happy to answer any concerns you have via email, or in special cases, via a Zoom call. To begin that discussion please contact us.

Lastly, we are reminded of what one of our customers wrote to us after inquiring more information about anti-virus issues:

I’m inclined to believe you based on the functionality of your “Parser” page on formulaboost.

We tend to agree with his logic.