Some antivirus softwares are now seeing a Trojan where none existed before. Some firewalls are also having this trouble. It seems as though the criteria for distinguishing a Trojan has changed recently and some of the files in active e-book are now being labeled as having Trojans (PSW-win32.alert.kma).
I was careful about my tests. First, I installed one of the antivirus programs (the other software that I know about which has been getting similar messages is zone alarm Pro), on a freshly installed and formatted Windows Vista machine. The antivirus software that I used was Kaspersky. There are others.
Then I began create e-books on one machine and move them over to the other on a flash drive.
Each time I would try to copy an e-book to the fist a machine that had Kaspersky installed on it, I would get error messages, the e-book would be deleted, and then I would start again. At first, I thought it might be due to some of the files that I had in my e-book, but I was mistaken. Eventually I created a new e-book, with only one file in it: the index page.
Still, even with the index page completely blank, I continued to get the message that my e-book was infected with a Trojan.
The next thing I did was to download the setup program for active e-book again, install it on the Vista machine.
The same thing happened again. This time, however I got more specific error messages (when the antivirus program scanned the e-books, it said that it found the Trojan in a component of the e-book called "FILE01".
Kaspersky antivirus found two files that were infected with his Trojan. One of them is EVIEW.DAT. The other is EHELP.EXE.
When I removed these two files from my system that does NOT have Kapersky anti virus on it, and tried to compile an ebook, I got 0 kb files, which of course, are not 'valid win32 applications".
When I restored EVIEW.DAT, the ebooks were fine, but they were recognized as having the trojans - again.
The same thing happened with EHELP.EXE, but an experienced active ebook user doesn't need that.
I think that the behavior of EVIEW.DAT is close to an actual trojan, and antivirus programs and firewall programs are warning as though it were.
I hope there is a solution to this problem available.
So far, Kapersky antivrus and Zone Alarm PRO are two that I know of, but they're both important programs, and we should expect that more and more security softwares will follow suit.
Unless there's a fix, we may all have to stop using active ebook.
My testing was pretty careful, and I'm sure about where the supposed trojan was coming from.