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Thread: Avast is reporting Spybot as a Trojan.

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    Just a minor glitch?
    What about all the users, me included, who actually removed the infected files?
    My laptop turned into a very expensive paperweight.
    Plus the amount of time to reinstall programs.
    Avast usually in my experience get things right so we can allow them one slip up can't we.
    Fast? I believe it was about 5 hrs.
    Avast is long gone for me.


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    I refuse to deface my beautiful PC's with the ugly User Interface of Avast.

    They say beauty is skin deep, but I have yet to find a good looking Avast skin.

    If you want food looks and great performance look no further than MSE.

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    I don't like the fact that Avast requires a manual registration key each year.

    Usually I don't install an antivirus only on my pc, but also in others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dukesdad View Post
    Just a minor glitch?
    What about all the users, me included, who actually removed the infected files?
    My laptop turned into a very expensive paperweight.
    Plus the amount of time to reinstall programs.
    Avast usually in my experience get things right so we can allow them one slip up can't we.
    Fast? I believe it was about 5 hrs.
    Avast is long gone for me.
    I respect your opinion, your choice to drop Avast and feel your pain but I have to say that 5 hours is not a bad response time. From diagnosis to fix, 5 hours is actually pretty good and almost every vendor has had similar issues at one time or another. I'm not a fan of Avast personally but I ran Norton Internet Security for several years. I would have loved a 5 hour response time on anything.

    Best of luck getting your system back together! I hope you didn't lose any critical data in the process.

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    I have to agree with Cithel, 5 hours is good response time.
    Btw i had stopped using avast after it showed xp setup file in my oem disc as a trojan

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    Quote Originally Posted by nithinr6 View Post
    Btw i had stopped using avast after it showed xp setup file in my oem disc as a trojan
    Just goes to show you can't trust Microsoft! On the other hand my Zune never came with a bundled virus like some other companies did, so maybe they can be trusted...

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    I think the real problem is that too many people tend to trust only what their antivirus of choice tells them.
    As a consequence they let their antivirus delete everything cosidered as malware
    They blindly believe in their security solution, they never think of a false positive detection.
    No software is perfect, no antivirus is perfect.

    That's why I think a correct information is very important
    Last edited by leofelix; 4th December 2009 at 17:06.

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    Very good point Leo. I agree.

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    Thank you Cith

    Avast apologizes

    avast! blog Apologies for Bad Definition Update

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    We all know that there are "occasional" f/p's. To provide some perspective, following are results from AV-Comparatives testing.

    1) November Retrospective/Proactive Test (on-demand detection of virus/malware), PDF at http://www.av-comparatives.org/compa...ws/main-tests:
    1. Very few false alarms (0-2): - none
    2. Few false alarms (3-15): BitDefender, eScan, F-Secure, Microsoft, Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, G DATA, ESET, Symantec
    3. Many false alarms (over 15): AVIRA, Sophos, McAfee, TrustPort, Norman, Kingsoft

    2) August 2009, On-demand Detection of Malicious Software Comparative Report, PDF available at http://www.av-comparatives.org/compa...ws/main-tests:

    Note: This represents the number of false alarms found in AV-Comparatives full set of clean files (lower is better):

    few FPs
    1. Bitdefender, eScan, F-Secure -- 4
    2. Microsoft, Avast -- 5
    3. AVG, Kaspersky -- 8
    4. G DATA -- 9
    5. ESET -- 12
    6. Symantec -- 13

    many FPs
    7. AVIRA -- 21
    8. Sophos -- 26
    9. McAfee -- 41
    10. Trustport, Norman -- 42
    11. Kingsoft -- 47

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