• Bad Avira Antivirus Update Brings Windows PCs To A Stand Still
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[QUOTE]Bad definitions pop up every now and again in the antivirus world, as evidenced by that boondoggle a few months back when Microsoft's AV started banning Google's Chrome browser as a malicious app. A new set of bad definitions may be the worst whoops! we've ever seen, though; a ProActiv definition update pushed to premium Avira subscribers brought Windows PCs around the world to a halt after incorrectly labeling a bevy of critical processes as malware. Ruh-roh Raggie! ZDNet reports that the Avira forums were alight this morning with tales of all kinds of false positives. (We'd link to specific threads, but there are a TON.) The premium Avira antivirus programs were blocking users from accessing, amongst others: \windows\system32\dllhost.exe \windows\system32\explorer.exe \windows\system32\iexplorer.exe \windows\system32\notepad.exe \windows\system32\regedit.exe \windows\system32\rundll32.exe \windows\system32\taskeng.exe \windows\system32\wuauclt.exe \Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe \OpenOffice.org 3\program\swriter.exe \OpenDNS Updater\OpenDNSUpdater.exe \Palm\Palm.exe \iPod\bin\iPodService.exe \Documents To Go\DocsToGo.exe And those are just the ones we stumbled across in the forums and the ZDNet article! The issue was limited to premium subscribers only, as Avira free doesn't receive ProActiv updates. Avira forum moderators rushed to offer workarounds to the problem, and fortunately, the problem has already been fixed via an emergency update. The bad patch was active for less than 12 hours in total.[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/bad_avira_antivirus_update_brings_windows_pcs_stand_still[/url]
And once again the question has to be asked: Don't people test shit before they release it?
[QUOTE=The golden;35973668]And once again the question has to be asked: Don't people test shit before they release it?[/QUOTE] it blocks built in components, like windows explorer how can they not notice they can't browse their documents or explorer their hard drive?
[QUOTE=The golden;35973668]And once again the question has to be asked: Don't people test shit before they release it?[/QUOTE] Deadlines are a bitch.
I started deleting system32 a few minutes ago, it's taken forever to get past the warni
[QUOTE=Melkor;35973864]Deadlines are a bitch.[/QUOTE] Anti-Virus updates have deadlines?
[QUOTE=The golden;35974046]Anti-Virus updates have deadlines?[/QUOTE] Yes it is a very competitive business.
Good thing I switched to something else when I got my new computer. Avira gave me nothing but constant false positives anyways.
The count is now up to three: 1. McAfee 2. AVG 3. Avira Who will be next on "fuck over Windows with AV" train?
[QUOTE=Forumaster;35974307]The count is now up to three: 1. McAfee 2. AVG 3. Avira Who will be next on "fuck over Windows with AV" train?[/QUOTE] I think you're over exaggerating a bit. I'll agree that not catching something like this is quite poor but I've been using Avira Free for a couple of years now and never had a problem besides some false positives. At the very least I've had far fewer problems compared to when I used AVG.
this reminds me of ages ago when i used to use AVG and for some reason one scan on it had every file that was capable of downloading anything from the internet as a trojan - including windows update-related files, firefox, etc.
Avast!
[QUOTE=StickyNade;35974819]Avast![/QUOTE] Tried it and it did jack-shit. I'll stick with Tend Micro, thanks.
MSE + Malware Bytes, all I need.
[QUOTE=Forumaster;35974307]The count is now up to three: 1. McAfee 2. AVG 3. Avira Who will be next on "fuck over Windows with AV" train?[/QUOTE] I'll agree with Avira and McAfee, bloated as fuck. Surprised Norton isn't on that list. Could've sworn it cocked up royally at one point.
I always said that the worst malware your computer can get is Microsoft Windows, they got it right!
[QUOTE=The golden;35974046]Anti-Virus updates have deadlines?[/QUOTE] Is there some reason why they wouldn't?
Shit, sounds bad. Thank god I use Panda.
[QUOTE=Vaught;35975961]I'll agree with Avira and McAfee, bloated as fuck. Surprised Norton isn't on that list. Could've sworn it cocked up royally at one point.[/QUOTE] I remember years and years ago I had Norton. Got a virus that absolutely destroyed the Norton (amusingly, it was the one that was on microsofts windows update servers). Couldn't open it, couldn't uninstall it, etc. Ended up having to reformat. Fun stuff.
Stop hating on Avira, its file scanner is named Luke Filewalker.
I downloaded the update on Windows 7 and had no problems, my dad downloaded the update on Windows Vista and had no problems and my mum downloaded the update on Windows XP and had no problems, I guess my house is just lucky.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;35976008]I always said that the worst malware your computer can get is Microsoft Windows, they got it right![/QUOTE] Oh look, a smug linux user, never seen that before.
Oh shit, I have Avira... But I've kept it off and haven't updated it for 4 years because I have yet to install anything fishy or get risky with my browsing. [editline]a[/editline] I do have ZoneAlarm as a firewall for web traffic protection though.
[QUOTE=Corey_Faure;35976261]Oh shit, I have Avira... But I've kept it off and haven't updated it for 4 years because I have yet to install anything fishy or get risky with my browsing.[/QUOTE] Must we start this again? "Common Sense" will never stand in for a significant Anti-Virus. I was on Yahoo's front fucking page once and I nearly got infected by a sneaky ad that got through Adblock. MSE stopped it, and if I didn't have it or keep it updated, I would be in a load a' shit.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;35976008]I always said that the worst malware your computer can get is Microsoft Windows, they got it right![/QUOTE] [img]http://facepunch.com/fp/browser/linux.png?[/img] Yeah no wonder that penguin is beneath your post.
Is this only limited to paid version or also for free ones? Someone I know uses free one and if his pc stops working I will have to fix it. Also if anyone knows, tell me how to fix it.
I'm pretty sure it's all fixed by now, my Avira was updating quite frequently last night while they presumably fixed the issue.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;35976008]I always said that the worst malware your computer can get is Microsoft Windows, they got it right![/QUOTE] Mine works fine. There's room for improvement, but it generally doesn't get in my way.
Though avira is probably the best AV on the net. It finds also non existing viruses lol [highlight](User was permabanned for this post ("Bot" - Swebonny))[/highlight]
[QUOTE=AceOfDivine;35976355]Is this only limited to paid version or also for free ones? Someone I know uses free one and if his pc stops working I will have to fix it. Also if anyone knows, tell me how to fix it.[/QUOTE] [quote]The issue was limited to premium subscribers only, as Avira free doesn't receive ProActiv updates[/quote] * Avira Premium users are basically beta testers :v:
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