Win32:Bogent is a file that grabbed the attention of many Windows users. That is particularly because many antivirus tools detect this file to be suspicious and remove it from the machine. Some virus guards send it to the quarantine folder while others delete it straight away. If you want to know more about Win32:Bogent, continue reading and learn the truth.
Virus guards such as AVG and McAfee tend to detect Win32:Bogent as a suspicious element pretty often. However, you should know that the respective issue is not unique to a particular Windows version. In other words, it is reported on Windows 10, Windows 8, and even on Windows 7 systems.
Should you consider Win32:Bogent as a security threat?
In most cases, virus guards can detect Win32:Bogent as a virus, even if it is completely innocent. In other words, Win32:Bogent may be associated with false-positive notifications on virus guards pretty frequently. It is more common with AVG and McAfee. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that you should completely ignore the possibilities of the same file to be a virus. So, you must be smart enough to pay attention to it and identify the file without compromising the safety. In other words, claiming Win32:Bogent as a false-positive straightaway is not the most appropriate move. Instead, you should take the necessary actions to identify it properly.
We were able to investigate this issue specifically by going through the reports of the users. According to the information we have gathered, we can say that there can be several reasons behind this issue. So, it is important to take a look at those reasons to get a good idea about the situation.
● Win32:Bogent false positive with Steam
Did you get the error message when you try to launch a Steam client or update it? If so, the chances are that it might be a false-positive. If the above scenario describes your situation, you should try to use a different AV client. Then, you should see if the respective issue is still bothering you. As we have noticed, this case is pretty common among many Steam users across the globe.
● A real threat
If you suspect that the virus infection is real, you will have to take some serious actions against it. In fact, there are a set of steps for you to follow and resolve the issue. Otherwise, the safety of your PC will be at great risk. We have mentioned the steps below to track down and eliminate the potential threats.
01. Perform a virus scan using a third-party AV client
A false-positive can trigger when you try to launch Steam, particularly if you have installed AVG in your system. Although we couldn’t find out a specific reason for it, it happens pretty much all the time. Even AVG officials don’t have an explanation for this scenario. The truth is that this happens with both Avast and AVG for a pretty long time. If you have encountered such an issue, the best approach is to perform a scan using a different third-party antivirus program.
Recently, Avast had an explanation about this scenario. They said that the respective false-positive emerges due to the thorough analysis they carry out. With that said, to verify if it is a false positive, you should use a good third-party antivirus tool. Then, you should perform a full scan on the computer and find any malware in it. After that, if required, you can even use Windows Defender (the default AV tool) to scan the computer. When you scan the computer with an existing AV tool, you must update it beforehand. Otherwise, the antivirus might not be able to find the latest security threats on the system.
Once you have done the scanning and removing the potential threats from the computer, give it a restart. That will complete the virus scan process. After the restarting is completed, you should follow the steps mentioned below and scan the PC using Windows Defender as well. Mentioned below are the steps you should take in order to scan the computer using Windows Defender.
- First, you should press the “Windows” key and “R” key together so it will open the “Run” utility. Once the “Run” utility is opened, you will be able to type in it. Now, you should enter the text “ms-settings:windowsdefender.” Then, hit the “Enter” key or press the “OK” button so a separate window will be opened. You can see that the newly opened Window has several tabs. The Window is titled Windows Security.
- Now, you should see a button labeled “Open Windows Security.” You should click on that to open the options related to it.
- When you see the main Window Security menu, you should click on the option “Virus & Threat Protection.” It is located towards the right-hand side of the Window. Then, on the Virus & Threat Protection” window, you should click on “Scan Options” as well.
- After clicking on the option labeled “Scan Options,” you should choose to go for a “Full Scan.” Then, click on the option labeled “Scan Now,” so the scanning process will be started.
- Be sure that you wait until the scanning procedure is completed. Just check if you still get the Win32:Bogent alert. If you get the alert, you should consider it as a real virus threat on your computer.
Please note that you will have to continue with the following method if Windows Defender triggers the same alert.
02. Use Malwarebytes and get rid of the virus infection
If you could not find an answer to the issue using the first method, let’s move to the next. We assume that you have verified it as NOT A FALSE POSITIVE. So, you should take the necessary actions to remove the respective malware threat from the PC. It is needless to say that malware can be very harmful to any system. If the system is confirmed to be a real one, Win32:Bogent is likely to be a volatile malware.
You should know that Win32:Bogent can come in various forms. In other words, it may have several faces. The most innocent versions of Win32:Bogent can only display some annoying adware. Also, they may show some annoying popups on your browsers and other applications you use. However, when it comes to powerful versions, they can steal your information and may even corrupt the files. So, addressing the malware-related issues is very important as soon as you identify them.
We did a considerable amount of research on the subject of Win32:Bogent. According to the information, there are plenty of AV tools in the market to remove viruses. So, you should do some research before choosing an antivirus program. Make sure that you choose a tool that comes with a considerable amount of positive reviews and excellent feedback. The tool you choose must have great reliability and the ability to remove security threats. So, you should download and install a good antivirus on your computer as the first step. Then, you should perform a deep scan on the PC. It is highly recommended to leave the computer alone while the scan is happening. That will speed up the scan and help you find the viruses with better accuracy. So, wait for the process to be completed and see if it has any security threats. If you see any threats, you should follow the onscreen instructions provided by the virus guard. The method of elimination of the virus may vary depending on the type of the virus guard you use.
Use Windows Firewall to protect your computer
You can use your Windows Firewall to add extra protection for your computer when accessing the internet. It is a built-in feature that sits between your computer and the internet to block potentially harmful applications. In fact, Windows Firewall became available in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 first. You can use the same feature so you can minimize the chances of getting malware on your PC.
With the new Windows 10 (version 1709), this feature is known as Windows Defender Firewall. If a suspicious program tries to access your computer through the internet, Windows Firewall will detect it immediately. Then, the respective program will be blocked.
Also, when you install programs, Windows Defender Firewall will show notifications if the respective program needs internet access. You can decide whether or not to allow access, and it is a handy security feature.
It is absolutely true that Windows Firewall can protect your PC from various threats. This is specifically true when you install a doubtful program on your Windows PC or laptop. However, it may give you some troubles, specifically if you deal with a legitimate, trustworthy program. In that case, you can allow an exception so the trustworthy program can access the internet without any issue.
So, that’s how to deal with Win32:Bogent. Do you know more ways of dealing with it? If so, please share your experience with us.