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A false negative is the polar opposite of a false positive. A false negative occurs when a virus scanner fails to detect a virus in an infected file. The antivirus scanner may fail to detect the virus because the virus is new and no signature is yet available, or it may fail to detect because of configuration settings or even faulty signatures.

If your antivirus scanner says a file is clean that you believe is actually infected, here are six steps to determine if a virus alert is legitimate.

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