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COVID-19 Update and your Free Purchase Order Software

We are fully up-and-running from our home offices and there is no disruption to any of our products and services.  As always, The Free Version of SpendMap is ready when you are, as is our free tech support.

If you are already using the free Windows/desktop version of SpendMap and would like to upgrade to our web-based version so that you can access the system while out of the office, pricing now starts at just $40/month.

Upgrading is easy and we’ll preserve all the data in your free system, so you won’t lose a thing…you’ll just pick right up where you left off.

To place an order or if you have any questions or need a quote, please email free-procurement@spendmap.com.

Stay safe everyone!

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False-Positive Virus Warnings and your Free Purchase Order Software

Viruses_greenDan was installing the Free Version of SpendMap last week when his Panda Antivirus Software displayed a warning about one of our files.

With so many false-positives these days, we immediately uploaded the file to VirusTotal.com and, as we suspected, the other 59 out of 60 virus scanners reported that the file was clean.

False-positive virus warnings are becoming more and more common these days, as the security suites try to stay ahead of the bad guys by trying to “predict” the presence of malicious code.  That is, many antivirus systems will report the presence of a virus (or rather, the POTENTIAL presence of a virus) because there is something in the file that resembles a virus, even though they didn’t actually find a known virus in the file.

It’s a great idea in concept but unfortunately the price you pay for this proactive protection is that they sometimes get things wrong.

That’s where VirusTotal.com comes in.

Owned by Google, VirusTotal lets you upload questionable files to their website and scans them with over 60 security suites in one shot and then shares the results so that everyone can improve their systems.

The idea here being that if only one or two out of the 60 scanners report a problem with a file, then it’s most likely a false-positive.

Of course, only you can decide if you want to proceed when your virus scanner puts up a red flag but with this sort of thing happening more and more often, we thought you’d like to know about this great tool.

One thing you may hear is “You should only proceed if the file came from a trusted source“.  At least there we can give you a hard-and-fast answer; with over 50,000 downloads so far and a spotless 25-year track record of providing clean and reliable Purchase Order Software, it doesn’t get any more trustworthy than SpendMap.

Update to Fix False Positive Virus Warning on PDF Printer Driver

maintenanceLast week a popular antivirus software system reported a “false positive” related to SpendMap’s PDF printer driver.  That is, the antivirus software reported that SpendMap may contain a virus even though it does not.

The antivirus software company promptly whitelisted SpendMap, which immediately stopped the warning message, but after analyzing the problem we decided to post an update for SpendMap anyway because we can see it happening again.  Here’s why…

The virus software didn’t report that SpendMap actually contains a virus but rather that it MAY have a virus.  It was the antivirus software’s “proactive” threat detection that for some reason didn’t like how SpendMap was invoking our PDF printer driver when previewing reports.  It saw the communication between SpendMap and the printer driver as “suspicious”, and logged it as a potential threat.  No big deal.

But since each antivirus software can deal with “potential” threats differently, we decided that it would be prudent to proactively patch SpendMap to minimize any potential inconvenience to our customers.  For example, while in this case only a warning was displayed and SpendMap kept working, had the antivirus software instead quarantined or deleted any of our systems files, that might have been much harder to recover from.

So, to keep your SpendMap system running smoothly, please use the menu Help > Check For Updates, at your earliest convenience.  This will update your system to version 14.16.11.  You can see which version you are running, using the menu Help > About in SpendMap.

After applying the update, you must run SpendMap as an Administrator on each PC so that it can install the new PDF printer driver.  To do this, simply right-mouse-click on the shortcut/icon that you use to run SpendMap, select “Run as Administrator” from the menu that is displayed, then follow the prompts to install the new printer driver.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Virus in SpendMap Free Version was False Alarm

Webroot virus scanning software was showing a “false-positive” on our website last week, saying that our site “Contains malicious content”, when it does not.  Webroot has since updated their database to show that SpendMap.com is totally safe.

Are you worried about viruses or malware in the free version of SpendMap?  These days you can’t be too careful when downloading files from the Internet.

And because of the popularity of the free version of SpendMap, our installation package (SETUP.EXE) has been picked up by many download sites, which we have no control over.

So if you’re worried about viruses and malware (as everyone should be these days), make sure to avoid these other download sites and get the installation package directly from our website.

Before posting our installation file, we always scan it for viruses, malware, etc. using the latest version of Symantec’s Antivirus Software and then we sign it with a digital signature so you can tell if something happens to it on the way to you.  To check the status of the digital signature, you can RIGHT-mouse click on the SETUP.EXE file, select “Properties” from the menu, then click the [Digital Signatures] tab…

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Of course, you should scan any EXE files for viruses, etc. before running them, and you should follow your company’s security protocols when installing any software.