Epic Games 12.0.1 Virus Scan positive

Glasswire just detected an update on Epic Games launcher which it indicated may contain a malware payload, according the SecurAge malware library.
5 minutes later Windows startup, spooler, and Services and controller initiated a network connection for the first time.

Any idea what’s going on here, I’m currently running a SecureAge scan. Malware Bytes and Avast turned up nothing.

As with many such “minority reports” this is most likely to be a false positive. In the past, the Epic Games launcher has been reported many times for having malware-like tracking code. So it may be reporting that program code.

SecureAge might be correct but the longer the new launcher has been out then the less likely it is that SecureAge is the only scanner getting it right.

Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it.

What you do about this depends probably upon your aversion to risk?

  • If you don’t want to take any chances then don’t let it run.
  • If you are happier with a higher level of uncertainty, e.g. you don’t have automated AV scanning on your computer, then this shouldn’t worry you much.


Thanks for using GlassWire.

We use the VirusTotal API. VirusTotal is a file analysis service, but not an antivirus. Sometimes some of the engines will even flag GlassWire itself when we do updates.

If you see most of the engines flagging something then it’s probably something to worry about, but with one or two it’s most likely a false positive.