Etap is a cross-platform virus, infecting Windows executables and Linux ELF Executables. It was found in February 2002.
This virus has never been widespread. It is difficult to detect reliably as it is encrypted with variable encryption and it uses entry-point obfuscation techniques, which easily create false alarm problems for anti-virus programs.
A fix for this false alarm was shipped on Wednesday December 18th, 2002 through normal update channels. The false alarm is fixed with the following F-Secure Anti-Virus update: 2002-12-18_01
A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:
Check for the latest database updates
First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.
Submit a sample
After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.
NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.
Exclude a file from further scanning
If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.
Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.
F-Secure Anti-Virus definition update shipped late on December 17th 2002 contained a false alarm for the Etap virus.
This update will result in F-Secure Anti-Virus erronuously detecting the "Win32.Etap" virus in several clean files.
Examples of such clean files include:
RSE.DLL in Autodesk Inventor 6 SP1
VISLIB32.DLL from Microsoft Visio
S32GUIL.DLL from Norton Utilities
LXAKWEB.EXE from Lexmark drivers
3DADVSIM.DLL from AlphaCAM
3DVERIFY.DLL from AlphaCAM
NETWORKSENSOR.DLL from ISS Network Sensor
IPANEL.EXE from FORAN
You can safely ignore Etap warning on these files.