Since JTAlert was released in 2011, there have never been any documented virus/malware/trojan infections caused by JTAlert.
Prior to making a new JTAlert release publicly available, the JTAlert Installer is submitted to the VirusTotal Online Scanner where scans from over 60 commercial scanners are performed.
Detection's that don't identify a specific named threat, but contain words like "Gen", "Generic", "Malicious", "Confidence", "Malware", "Riskware", "Reputation", "Score", "Heuristic", "Autoit", are typically false-positives. They don't identify a genuine threat. These sort of threat identifications are typically due to the compiler used to generate the JTAlert code or due to a lack of use among the user base of this Virus protection software (typically for niche-market Amateur Radio software)
If your concerned about unsafe JTAlert files reported by your Virus/Malware software please do the following...
- Don't install the software. Send a false-positive submission to your Virus protection software company. Wait for them to confirm that the file is safe and they update their definitions files before installing/upgrading JTAlert.
- Reputable Virus/Malware protection software companies offer a false-positive reporting/testing service. If your software doesn't provide this fundamental service, you should seriously consider changing to a company that does.
Users are ultimately responsible for their PC/Windows infrastructure, as such they should take the initiative and report suspicious files to their Protection software provider, rather than simply accepting third party advice to apply file/directory exemptions.
If you believe there is a genuine threat contained within the JTAlert files, stop using/installing the program and immediately submit the file to your protection software vendor for analysis. If your vendor reports a threat (not a possible threat or potential risk) submit a message to this group.
de Laurie, VK3AMA