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Message 3311 - Posted: 6 Aug 2014, 8:20:45 UTC

We'll have a pause of a day or so as we're having some problems with the production pipeline.

Please bear with us.
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Message 3328 - Posted: 15 Aug 2014, 21:56:18 UTC - in response to Message 3311.

I am still having a problem with the following error message for days.

Checksum or signature error for wrapper_windows_intelx86.exe_340



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Message 3332 - Posted: 17 Aug 2014, 7:39:24 UTC - in response to Message 3328.

Since your Computers are hidden that is not much to go on.
My best guess with out being able see more detail would be that your Anti-virus/Anti-Malware or Firewall program(s) are blocking the file(s) from downloading.

Things you need to do:
1) UNHIDE YOUR COMPUTER(S). With out seeing the computer information and tasks with the error(s) no one can help you.
We CAN NOT see any personal information (ip address, etc) when viewing your account information.
You can take a look at my account/computer list by clicking on my name
to see what is visble.

2) Make sure your Anti-virus/Anti-Malware or Firewall program(s) are set to EXCLUDE THE BOINC PROGRAM and BOINC DATA FOLDERS from passive and active scanning.

3) Post back once you have made your computers visible.
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Message 3335 - Posted: 17 Aug 2014, 18:33:41 UTC - in response to Message 3332.

My computer is now unhidden.

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Message 3340 - Posted: 18 Aug 2014, 9:40:55 UTC - in response to Message 3335.

Thank you for making your computer visible.

Looking at the detail of the error message:

    app_version download error: couldn't get input files:
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    <error_code>-163 (file missing)</error_code>


I still think your Anti-Virus/Anti_Malware are blocking the download of that and possibly more files.

Have you DISABLED the active and manual scan of the BOINC Program and Data folders by your Anti-Virus/Anti_Malware program(s)?

After you have disabled the active and passive scan of the BOINC folders, please try a manual download of the file by right clicking on THIS LINK and saving it to your default download folder and then copying it to the project sub folder (... projects\pogs.theskynet.org_pogs) located in your BOINC DATA folder.
The file is 913,408 bytes in size.
It has a checksum of MD5: c37b32ed4ae0d936aec3575714b1fa7c

I had no problem downloading the file and also did a on-line virus scan of the file with Scanner results of: 17% Scanner(s) (7/39)found malware!

All 7 of these are what is called a FALSE POSITIVE and can be safely ignored.
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Message 3341 - Posted: 18 Aug 2014, 21:43:31 UTC - in response to Message 3340.

I don't think that is the problem. I have successfully completed hundreds of workunits by 3.40 version. You can see it in application details in my computer.

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Message 3349 - Posted: 20 Aug 2014, 19:13:14 UTC - in response to Message 3341.

Have you tried to manually download and install the file as I mentioned in a previous post?
If not, do it and report back with the outcome.
If so, what was the outcome?
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Message 3350 - Posted: 22 Aug 2014, 1:20:39 UTC - in response to Message 3349.

I am not able to fix it. I notified Kevin for assistance.

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Message 3379 - Posted: 30 Aug 2014, 13:15:22 UTC
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TheSkyNet POGS is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to do research in astronomy... or for mining Bitcoins? :)
My computer is continuously switches off spontaneously... from the big loads!
At least, antivirus ESET Smart Security 7 (latest version v7.0.302.26 2014) gave me a notification about this...
See more at:
http://pic.te.ua/images/2014-08-30/b4Zky.jpg
http://pic.te.ua/images/2014-08-30/jnXvz.jpg
Win32/BitCoinMiner.CC (892 Kb)- potentially dangerous program (Trojan), short description http://www.precisesecurity.com/trojan/win32bitcoinminer-ca
Can be project captured by someone other... or is it purposely?
Kevin, explain please! Bitcoins here or science...? Look closely, at your software, please!
Meantime, temporarily has disabled project TheSkyNet POGS!

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Message 3380 - Posted: 30 Aug 2014, 15:32:16 UTC - in response to Message 3379.
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obviously a FALSE POSITIVE...

ADD the lines below to your anti-virus program's Excluded processes AND Directories:
C:\Program Files\BOINC\*.*
C:\Program Data\*.*C:\Program Files\BOINC\Boinccmd.exe
C:\Program Files\BOINC\Boincmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\BOINC\Boincscr.exe
C:\Program Files\BOINC\Boincscvctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\BOINC\Boinctray.exe

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After making the changes noted above, Exit BOINC, wait about 1 minute, restart BOINC.
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Message 3387 - Posted: 31 Aug 2014, 19:11:03 UTC

Could not connect to the project through BOINC version 7.4.12 64 bit. I can not downgrade but for a different project, is some solution to this problem?

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Message 3390 - Posted: 1 Sep 2014, 13:50:52 UTC - in response to Message 3387.

Is anybody home? On server pogs..

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Message 3392 - Posted: 2 Sep 2014, 0:13:36 UTC - in response to Message 3390.

Hey Jozef,

I'm unaware of a fix at the moment other than downgrading.
Some people have reported success using an account manager like BAM

I'm looking for a better solution still as well.

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Message 3412 - Posted: 11 Sep 2014, 14:10:15 UTC

Eset have initially responded to my report of this being a false positive as "we do not consider this a false positive and it will not likely be reclassified, as multiple vendors are detecting this file. Please see VirusTotal "

I've posted over at the BOINC forums to see if I can get any input from a BOINC representative.

Anyone who is getting this false positive should be sending feedback to their anti-virus vendor to explain the problem.

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Message 3414 - Posted: 12 Sep 2014, 0:15:32 UTC - in response to Message 3412.

Hey _aD,

Thats the wrapper file as supplied to us by BOINC. We'll look into what we need to do to upgrade it to the latest version. Have you had similar issues with any other projects?

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Message 3415 - Posted: 12 Sep 2014, 10:54:24 UTC - in response to Message 3414.

Having looked at the strings inside the exe, that's what I thought! I am also running Einstein@Home, Asteroids@Home and MilkyWay@Home. No problems with them.

I also don't have a problem with my Windows 7 64-bit machine. Running the x64 wrapper through Eset produces no warnings, so it seems that this problem only affects the x86 version.

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Message 3419 - Posted: 14 Sep 2014, 23:31:44 UTC - in response to Message 3415.

Awesome, yea i've checked as many as i could get my hands on it just seems to be that one version.
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Message 3420 - Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 0:21:15 UTC

Ya'll did issue a Boincstats Challenge, that starts in a couple of days. Please fix problem b4 then.....

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Message 3421 - Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 3:50:03 UTC - in response to Message 3420.

Unfortunately we need to do a fair bit of testing before we can upload the new version of the wrapper, we want to be 100% sure that it is returning the correct results and I don't believe we will achieve that before the challenge starts. However in the mean time Ageless has put together a great guide to boinc and antivirus programs here

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Message 3426 - Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 18:08:36 UTC - in response to Message 3421.

I don't want to be seen as someone arguing for the sake of it here, but in my view it is reckless to get users accustomed to making changes to their computer protection which reduces its effectiveness. There are a lot of BOINC users in the world and if malware writers see that we've all excluded BOINC from our anti-virus systems, it makes us a target.

It also gets people used to the mantra of "My anti-virus threw up this warning, so I will exclude this program from scanning". This is reckless and shouldn't be encouraged under any circumstances really.

What needs to happen is a channel of communication opened to the anti-virus industry whereby problems with their software and detection methods are resolved properly, not by adding a boobie-trapped band-aid.

If it is the case that the anti-virus vendors refuse to help, then we, as BOINC users (and in some cases, netadmins) need to tell them that their responses are not acceptable. I could just be preaching to the choir here but it seems that citizen scientists are being asked to work in a lab with the fire alarms switched off :-)

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