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If you feel installing any third party anti virus software will help you keep your system free from attack by cyber criminals, think again after reading this article. According to a new study by security researcher Florian Bogner a vulnerability has been found in the Anti virus software which allows cybercriminals to infect a targeted machine.

Installing anti virus software can prove to be the best tool to protect your systems from any cyber attack, but it could also result in letting cybercriminals to access your systems and infect them.

There is a vulnerability found in the anti virus software which moves an infected file to the quarantine folder which makes it possible for attackers to move the quarantined file infected with malware to a location on the local drives which can cause most of the damage to your systems.

To access the quarantined file cyber criminals hijack the Windows Services like NTFS direction junctions and Dynamic Link Library to get access to the file from the quarantine and move it to a location on the hard drive which will cause most of the damage to the PCs.

Bogner also said that there have been large antivirus vendors like Kaspersky who have been affected by this vulnerability and have released patches for the same. There are more number of vendors who are yet to provide patches to the vulnerability.

However the security researcher also confirms that the vulnerability requires a local access to the targeted system and cannot be exploited remotely. Hence it is recommended that users, to remain secure, need to install the latest versions of the antivirus software.

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