Hi, fellow Star Wars fans and enthusiasts. I'm the current maintainer of KSE, the KotOR Save Editor.
As most of you who use this tool know, the 3.3.6 version I got out was rushed and highly buggy, and for that I have already and continue to apologize for... Then there was the 3.3.7 version that came out quite recently, amid reports of virus scanners detecting both 3.3.6 and 3.3.7 as carrying viruses.
Menirz (the Steam Workshop manager for KSE), Chev Chelios (the maintainer of KPF, the KotOR Path Finder utility used by KSE as of 3.3.7), and I all assured you that these were false positives and that there was nothing in the program that could harm your computers. We were wrong, and more importantly, I was wrong. Menirz and Chev trusted my word that everything was okay, and having had no issues on their computers, they took me at my word, which I now regret...
You see, I recently discovered several viruses hidden on my system, some of them buried quite deeply as it turned out. I was tipped off to these by an annoying browser adware called "Ads by Name". This would not show up in my installed programs nor in my browsers' addon list, so I couldn't remove it using conventional methods. I then proceeded to run the following software:
- Adware Cleaner
- Malware Bytes
- Hitman Pro
- A Pro form of my Antivirus software, Advanced System Care from IoBit
I also cleaned my registry, Scheduled Tasks, Temp files, and a lot of my appdata. In the end, I had to uninstall my browsers and delete all of my local data (so everything but my bookmarks) and wipe that from my system to get the Ads by Name removed from my computer. In the process of running all of this software, other suspicious files and two pieces of malware were removed from my system...
When I talked with a good friend later, she asked if I'd recompiled KSE and scanned it now that my system was virus free. I told her that I hadn't even thought about it, since 3.3.6 had been flagged from an online scan and then at several points during development, 3.3.7 had shown up as flagged and not flagged, so its health was debatable.
I re-compiled KSE and then proceeded to scan the .exe online with virustotal.com. Here are the results:
I deeply regret insisting that the virus reports were false positives, and I can't apologize enough to everyone who has downloaded KSE 3.3.7 over the past month. I have sent Menirz a link to the fixed and virus-free version of KSE, what will be known as 3.3.7a, and I had the version hosted here on Deadlystream updated earlier today. I will be contacting Pazuzu soon to see if he's heard the news and in short order, the auto-updater will have the fixed version.
To any of you who are concerned for the safety of your systems, I can only recommend deleting KSE from your systems (including the recycle bin or junk folder), re-downloading it, and then scanning your system with the above software...
Once again, I am so sorry for this, and I ask that you please believe me when I say that I will not let this happen again...
Please note that no other Deadly Stream hosted files/mods were affected by this and that the Deadlystream Site itself remains secure.