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PhotoMove and Virus Warnings

I am an individual independent software developer. I write custom programs for business clients. PhotoMove has been a hobby for me.

The original version of PhotoMove was written over 14 years ago. I first offered it for free download from my site on the Web in 2004. Since then over 50,000 people have downloaded and used the program. PhotoMove does not contain any viruses or malware.

Internet security and the risk of viruses and malware has become more and more of an issue. Especially over the past few years. It is a good thing that there are better tools to protect users from malicious programs. However these tools, especially anti-virus programs, need to err on the side of caution. They do not want to let a bad program install itself on your computer.

This means that when they see a program that they haven’t seen before, especially if it is new program, they will issue a warning and quarantine the program.

When I make changes to PhotoMove, either adding new features or fixing or streaming the code, I upload a new compiled version of PhotoMove. I did this on Jul-27-2018 and it became ‘new’ again in the eyes of anti-virus programs and Windows Defender. The causes warnings to pop up.

Each anti-virus vendor has a system whereby a programmer can submit his program to them so that they can check it and add it to their whitelist of safe programs. I have done this with this current version of PhotoMove but the process can take up to a week to filter down through their systems.

If you are seeing these warnings you can safely ignore them and move on to installing and using PhotoMove. Here are links to information about each warning you might see:

Windows Defender

If you see the ‘Windows Protected Your PC’ warning you can just click the ‘Run Anyway’ button and proceed. If you can’t see the ‘Run Anyway’ button here is how to show it so you can continue with PhotoMove:

SmartScreen: How to Deal With ‘Windows Protected Your PC’ Warnings

The path where your PhotoMove 2.exe program is located on your computer is typically at “C:\Program Files (x86)\PhotoMove 2\PhotoMove 2.exe”

Norton Anti-Virus

Here is a page from Lifewire showing how to whitelist a program in Norton:

How to Exclude Files and Folders from Norton Antivirus

Here is a video showing how to whitelist PhotoMove with Norton:

Norton Tutorial: Exclude Files & Folders Auto/Manual Scans – YouTube

AVG Anti-Virus

Here is a page from AVG’s Website showing how to whitelist a program:

Excluding files, folders, or websites from scanning … | AVG Support

Here is a video showing how to whitelist PhotoMove with AVG:

How to ADD Exceptions To Your Antivirus AVG – YouTube

Avast Anti-Virus

The path where your PhotoMove 2.exe program is located on your computer is typically at “C:\Program Files (x86)\PhotoMove 2\PhotoMove 2.exe”

Here is a page from Avast’s Website showing how to whitelist a program:

Excluding certain files or websites from scanning in Avast Antivirus | Official Avast Support

Here is a video showing how to whitelist PhotoMove with Avast:

How to White List Software On Avast Anti Virus – YouTube

Solutions for the Future

I will be working on updating this page with and current or changing information. I also have submitted the downloadable version of PhotoMove to the various vendors so that they will add it to their global whitelists.

When I make changes or improvements in PhotoMove I like to get them out to my users as soon as possible. However, in the future I will try to submit new versions of the program to the anti-virus vendors at least a week in advance. Then I will make it available for public download. This should help in eliminating the problem.

If you have any question, comments or would like to discuss this further please email me a support@mjbpix.com.

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