Warning to users of "avast free antivirus software"

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Warning to users of "avast free antivirus software"

Post  [CBS]Mickey on Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:10 pm

Hi all,

I'm running Win XP SP3 and avast free antivirus software version 5.1.889. This works fine!

Since the beginning of this week a new version 6 of avast is available. I made an upgrade to this new free version and had major problems, the XP desktop was immediately frozen right after each XP start-up. After rebooting the PC, starting XP in safe mode and de-installing avast version 6, everything worked fine again but, after a new installation of avast version 6 the same problems occur again: frozen desktop.

Fortunately I made a system back-up just 1 week ago, so I could easily recover my PC. I'm now using avast 5.1.889 again => perfect.

No idea if this strange behaviour is just related to "my" PC or to the german or the free version of avast only. So take this info just as a warning what could happen.

Cheers

Mike



Last edited by [CBS]mike-da-sniper on Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:47 pm; edited 1 time in total

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Re: Warning to users of "avast free antivirus software"

Post  [CBS]KillYa! on Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:37 pm

Thank's for this warning Mike!

I would give all the advice to check out MS Security Essentials.
Good Basic Protection and nag-free Smile

For a complete backup I can recommend Acronis 2011.
Don't install it, just create a Boot CD and Backup your system partition
monthly. Your data should be backed up more often of course :-p

If someone is interested in more information or tips, contact me.


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Warning to users of "avast free antivirus software"

Post  Wulf1220 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:45 pm

Mike by OS XPx32SPIII is the Problem the Rootkitscann by starting OS. U have a troubleshooting menu who u can enable/dislable services. Here the example



Es ist zwingend erforderlich auch ein Password gegen das ändern der Einstellungen zu vergeben
Exclamation Das gilt generell für alle Antivirenprogramme sofern die Option besteht ansonsten ist der Quellcode gegen Änderungen selten geschützt.
Mfg Wulf

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Re: Warning to users of "avast free antivirus software"

Post  [CBS]Mickey on Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:24 pm

Wulf, thank you for the advice Smile.

The point is that I have no access to the shown menu since the PC is immediately frozen after startup => no chance to disable the rootkit scan! Neutral

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