Did you just download a file that has a digital signature from Apple Inc. and wonder if the file is safe? If that's the case, please read on.
You'll typically notice Apple Inc. when clicking to run the file. The publisher name shows up as the "Verified publisher" in the UAC dialog as the screenshot shows:
You can view the digital signature details for Apple Inc. with the following procedure:
Here's a screenshot of a file digitally signed by Apple Inc.:
As you can see in the screenshot above, the Windows OS reports that "This digital signature is OK". This implies that the file has been published by Apple Inc. and that no one has tampered with the file.
If you click the View Certificate button shown in the screencap above, you can see all the details of the certificate, such as when it was issued, who issued the certificate, how long it is valid, etc. You can also examine the address for Apple Inc., such as the street name, city and country.
VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA, Symantec Class 3 SHA256 Code Signing CA and VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA has issued the Apple Inc. certificates. You can also examine the details of the issuer by clicking the View Certificate button shown in the screenshot above.
These are the Apple Inc. files I have gathered, thanks to the FreeFixer users.
The FreeFixer tool treats files from Apple Inc. as trusted, which means that the Apple Inc. files will appear with a green background and that there is no removal checkbox for the file. However, as you can see in the scan results below, a few of the anti-virus scanners detects the Apple Inc. file(s). I'm pretty sure those detections are false positives and that the files are safe. It's unlikely that Apple Inc. would ship a malware file.
Here's the detection names for the Apple Inc. files. I've grouped the detection names by each scanner engine. Thanks to VirusTotal for the scan results.
As mentioned above, I think these detections are false positives since it is very unlikely that Apple Inc. would ship a malware file.
|W32.Clode03.Trojan.9de5, W32.HfsAdware.65EC, W32.HfsAdware.8FA3, W32.HfsAdware.E97E
The detection percentage is based on that I have collected 32447 scan reports for the Apple Inc. files. 8 of these scan results came up with some sort of detection. You can view the full details of the scan results by examining the files listed above.
The analysis is based on certificates with the following serial numbers:
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