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Thread: HotA installer - yesterday fine, today Windows 10 thinks it's a severe virus??
King_V
King_V


Hired Hero
posted July 23, 2018 02:47 AM
Edited by King_V at 16:49, 26 Jul 2018.

HotA installer - yesterday fine, today Win 10 says "virus!" Also, small HotA fonts?

Ok, so, while I know it's been around for a while, I actually finally looked at Horn of the Abyss.

My son and I both have Windows 10 PCs.

Yesterday (7/21/2018) I download the installer on his PC, and install it.  Everything works as expected.

Today, he wants to play a LAN game of it with me, so I download the installer.  Every time I do so, it vanishes, and Windows objects, rather forcefully, that zpevdo.a has been quarantined.

I figure, ok, maybe the website has been attacked, I'll just copy the installer from my son's PC.  Copy to a USB stick, then move it to my machine, and Windows Defender stops me again.  Immediate quarantine.

Then my son's computer acts up, and quarantines the installer.

We run a scan, both with Windows Defender and with Malwarebytes.  Malwarebytes has no objections, but Windows defender insists that the HotA installer is a virus.

What's stranger is that my son's HoMM3 directory, that has already had HotA installed, is clean as far as Windows Defender is concerned.  It's just the installer that it goes on a frenzied alert over, as of today.

Any idea what's going on?

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posted July 23, 2018 01:06 PM
Edited by avatar at 13:08, 23 Jul 2018.

Technically speaking HotA is a virus because it adds its own code to the existing Heroes3 code. Viruses act the same. You must decide because antivirures sometimes give false-positive alarms.

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NimoStar
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Modding the Unmoddable
posted July 23, 2018 06:03 PM

Probable the installer has a mechanism for the "Injection" of code. The already-installed version has the code already injected so it won't sount the alarms.

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King_V
King_V


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posted July 26, 2018 04:48 PM

HotA small fonts? Why?

Well, I sort of hedged my bets by installing it through PlayOnLinux on a linux box I have.  It seems that since the net result of the changes it makes ultimately is not seen as a virus by Windows Defender, I guess I should be good to go.

Dabbled briefly in HotA and like it - except for ONE thing.  Why is there this new, smaller font for messages that come up?

I saw something that mentioned the difference between the Russian based font vs standard, tried that, and didn't solve my problems.

Is there any way that I can get HotA to display things (map messages, etc) with the original HoMM3 fonts?  They were much easier on the eyes (well, my eyes, anyway)


(I would've made this a new thread, but my posts/threads ratio wasn't high enough).

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posted July 26, 2018 05:18 PM

King_V said:

Is there any way that I can get HotA to display things (map messages, etc) with the original HoMM3 fonts?  They were much easier on the eyes (well, my eyes, anyway)
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Yes, you must learn how to remove *.fnt files from HotA.lod file using MMArchive software It is quite intuitive .
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