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McRuff
03-12-2009, 04:48 PM
Any one using Avast antivirus turn off auto updates and do not update for the moment. Latest update is causing massive problems with false positives. Check out the Avast Forums for more info.

Speedy Gonzales
03-12-2009, 04:57 PM
Thats if you can get there. Its slow as hell. Everyone's probably moved over to MSE anyway

user
03-12-2009, 06:08 PM
Any one using Avast antivirus turn off auto updates and do not update for the moment. Latest update is causing massive problems with false positives. Check out the Avast Forums for more info.

Too late unfortunately. I now have to turn off Avast in order to run an important program controlling a door security system. I am most pissed off and may change from Avast if they don't sort it out.

supergran
03-12-2009, 06:20 PM
Also works against an xnet usage meter, told me it had a virus. 2minutes after it uploaded

McRuff
03-12-2009, 06:21 PM
New VPS file seems to have fixed the issues I was having. Try updating again

ronyville
03-12-2009, 06:23 PM
just updated my Avast and no issues there but it did pick up wordweb as a trojan.. :confused:

R.M.
03-12-2009, 06:57 PM
Okayyyyyyy - so how do I get the so-called infected files back out of the Virus Chest?? :help:

zqwerty
03-12-2009, 07:12 PM
Yes I have this problem, my main operating system won't load, luckily I have a complete but month old backup, plenty of updating to do after a restore with Acronis. Damn.

Looks as if System Folder is completely empty when I check with a subsidiary operating system I have on another drive. What a nuisance. I thought Avast was giving me a whole lot of false positives.

supergran
03-12-2009, 07:12 PM
Was about to ask that question, but thought I might as well just uninstall, and reinstall the program LOL

McRuff
03-12-2009, 07:31 PM
Re
Okayyyyyyy - so how do I get the so-called infected files back out of the Virus Chest??

I don't have anyfiles in my Virus Chest at the moment but the way I think it works is

Start Avast from the Start menu Entry. Choose the chest then right click the file and choose restore.

R.M.
03-12-2009, 07:46 PM
Thanks for your help. All sorted - for the moment! But I'm sure there'll be still a few hiccups. Never mind - nice to know it was false positives rather than anything more nasty. :)

nate
03-12-2009, 07:53 PM
Has just done this to me with FeedDemon. Very annoying.

lakewoodlady
03-12-2009, 07:54 PM
Well, I am so glad I changed to MSSE when I did!

LL

supergran
03-12-2009, 07:56 PM
What is MSSE

McRuff
03-12-2009, 08:10 PM
Microsoft Security Essentials

zqwerty
03-12-2009, 08:49 PM
Reloaded my entire operating system, now updating the last month of programs I added.

Much work to do.

nate
03-12-2009, 11:06 PM
The latest update, 091203-1, seems to have fixed the issues I was having.

Gobe1
04-12-2009, 07:19 AM
Thanks for the heads up, our Primavera (project management) software was picked up by a couple of users withy avast. I realised they were false positives LOL

prefect
04-12-2009, 07:39 AM
Avast is a worry thats why I use AVG.

wainuitech
04-12-2009, 07:46 AM
For anyone having the problems with files damaged / deleted by Avast - heres their repair article (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=51647.0)

At least they did a good screwup and got most OS's :D
Operating systems:

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows ME
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Starter / Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter / Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server (Any Server Edition)
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server (Any Server Edition, incl. Small Business Server)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (Any Server Edition, incl. Small Business Server)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Any Server Edition, incl. Small Business Server)

pctek
04-12-2009, 08:13 AM
Avast is a worry thats why I use AVG.

All antiviruses can have false positives. Mine lately keeps whinging about some files in my Half Life 2 folder, and I reinstalled it just in case.
I told it to ignore it from now on, can't be bothered emailing NOD32 about it, it will sort itself with whatever def update next.

AVG is no different.

Gobe1
04-12-2009, 08:15 AM
For anyone having the problems with files damaged / deleted by Avast - heres their repair article (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=51647.0)

At least they did a good screwup and got most OS's :D

LOL if you are gonna get fired you may as well screw up properly??

zqwerty
04-12-2009, 08:32 AM
I think they will find that people are going to have bigger problems with their computers than a few false positive .exe's in the virus vault, this episode completely trashed my operating system.

bk T
04-12-2009, 08:41 AM
May I assume that it is safe to turn ON the automatic update now?

McRuff
04-12-2009, 08:52 AM
Yes it is now safe to resume auto updates. The latest signature file has fixed the problem

pctek
04-12-2009, 10:19 AM
Geez. had a lady ring me about this. All it did was stick her usage monitor .exe and 2 spybot files in the vault. Simple matter of restoring them back out. Certainly didn't flag any system files or anything. A big non-event so far really.
Took me about 2 minutes to show her how to retrieve from the vault then we had a nice chat, cup of tea and walk round the garden.

Jayess64
04-12-2009, 01:32 PM
So - it was a real problem, and not something I did!!!!

I finally ditched Avast (one hell of a job) and am now running MS Security Essentials.

Is there any explanation for what happened?

Ah - I have just seen the link to Avast's explanation.