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Avast Free edition-- False positives today 12/2/09

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Byteman, Dec 3, 2009.

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  1. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    This is the result of a bad database update from Avast.....this happens to one or the other of the antivirus companies at least once a year! No joke.....

    See here> http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r23428578-False-positive-in-Avast-or-is-it-real~start=220

    http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=51609.0 <<< post about it at Avast user forums, it is operating a bit slow right now due to so many people accessing the site.

    If you notice other threads at TechGuy or at any of your favorite sites, you could point them to that page.

    You should turn off the Standard Shield in Avast for now, in order to have a usable computer.... depending on how your Avast settings are, you may have files going to the Virus Chest or being deleted....or ignored.

    To turn off Standard Shield which unfortunately, leaves you without some protection.... right click the "A" Avast icon and select "On-Access Protection Control" and, in the list of shields on the left, go to Standard Shield and hit the Terminate button..... You will have to re-enable this Shield, when the problem has been fixed. Usually, they issue a new Update which fixes Avast's program, but of course you have to deal with any files that may have been Deleted or Moved to the Chest, etc
     
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    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    Thanks for the tip! (y)

    I didn't have any problems myself and didn't notice anything with the posters I was helping.

    This will bump it up just in case.

    :)
     
  3. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    Debi, You're welcome!

    I didn't know exactly what it was when it all started here at my home office.....one alert after another from Avast--- of course, I had mine set to take no action so I kept my files. Avast was very quick compared to other events like this we have seen....
     
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