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Couple Questions: Best Practices for Virus Scanners & Location of Au3Stripper


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I was excited to finally finish my program, compiled it to exe, soft-launched it and... BOOM. Windows defender kept removing it from people's computers, along with malwarebytes, and some other virus scanners. This is a big pain in the butt because I'm having a big launch soon and can't have people (who struggle to do a lot of tech things) go through steps of un-quarantining the file.

So I dug around on these forums and have a few questions that maybe some veterans could help me understand.

Is compiling to an A3X (instead of an exe) the recommended approach for both stopping windows defender and virus scanners from being annoying? Also, is it just as secure from preventing a decompile as if I were to have compiled it to an exe?

I also read that some people suggested running Au3Stripper first before compiling to A3X. Is this necessary? If so, I can't for the life of me find it in SciTE. Where is it?

Finally, I also read a thread about a fellow who created an AU3toCMD script. So you'd create an all-in-1 CMD file in lieu of the A3X route above. Is this even better to avoid triggering virus scanners and windows defender?

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1 hour ago, lowbattery said:

Is compiling to an A3X (instead of an exe) the recommended approach for both stopping windows defender and virus scanners from being annoying?

As far as I have observed, the .a3x approach is quite recommendable.

2 hours ago, lowbattery said:

Also, is it just as secure from preventing a dec*mpile as if I were to have compiled it to an exe?

An .exe , compiled with AutoIt,  contains the script in .a3x format anyway. So it makes no difference. 

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