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Thread: Avast is reporting Spybot as a Trojan.

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    Talking Avast is reporting Spybot as a Trojan.

    Many users are raging about a recent update to their Avast anti-virus software that is giving off false positives on their system, alerting them of Trojan's might be on their PC. Avast is alerting users of freshly downloaded files that they might be at risk, even when the file is safe.



    Avast is reporting safe applications such as Spybot – Search and Destroy, Skype and other applications incorrectly that they may contain the Win32elf-MZG Trojan.

    Update: It appears that Avast has quickly reacted to the false alarm claims and released another definition update "3.12.2009 - 91203-1", described as, "This VPS update contains only fixes to existing definitions or removal of false alarms."

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    Avast employee to manager; Umm, Ooops!

    Good to see that they fixed it so fast.

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    Avast usually in my experience get things right so we can allow them one slip up can't we.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seti View Post
    Avast usually in my experience get things right so we can allow them one slip up can't we.
    You bet, just me being silly. If they weren't so good normally it wouldn't be funny

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    I stopped using Avast 4 years ago (and Avg 6 years ago)
    Thank you for posting such a (funny) news
    Last edited by leofelix; 3rd December 2009 at 15:05.

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    Avast detects many system files and many security software as trojan horses and deletes them

    False positive in Avast! or is it real? - dslreports.com


    Bad Avast Update Labels Many Files as Malware - Reviews by PC Magazine


    official response from Avast

    Win32elf-MZG false positive issue statement
    Last edited by leofelix; 3rd December 2009 at 18:46.

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    Are you saying that there is a problem with Avast Leofelix that we should all be aware of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seti View Post
    Are you saying that there is a problem with Avast Leofelix that we should all be aware of?
    Avast users should start to worry I think, seti my friend
    However they fixed quickly this issue.

    For example. some minutes ago I reported a false positive to Malwarebytes' Corp forum, f, and Bruce (nosirrah) addressed it in a few seconds.
    Well, MalwareBytes Antimalware is a different software and MalwareBytes Corp is a different company, I have to say they are efficient and very fast.
    I hope the same for Avast company

    [EDIT to say] I forgot to mention that now Avast comes with Google Chrome bundled, how sad for a security software

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    Thanks for the update, and for that important extra information about the bundle. What a pity that Avast should do that now after all these years. That is a big disappointment to me and I am sure that it will be to many people.

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    At least the option to include Google Chrome is not pre-checked.

    All A/V companies have occasional f/p's. Symantec, for example, has had some real blunders over the years.

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