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Avast 6 flagging many safe sites as malware!!

#1 User is online James (Jim) Hillier

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    Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:22 PM

    If you are running Avast 6 and are currently finding your favourite/usual sites are being flagged as malware do not worry. This has been caused by a severe fault with the latest definitions update from Avast, which is obviously creating a heap of false positives.

    When I got on the computer this morning and started going through my usual procedures I couldn't connect to many sites and it seemed Avast was flagging every site I visited as malware. It even flagged several of the site advisory services included in the Firefox extension LinkExtend as malware.

    So I disabled Avast's Web Shield component and then Googled this issue; it seems there are thousands affected.

    Here is a temporary workaround until Avast fix the problem permanently:

    Right click on the Avast icon in the notification area of the taskbar and select Open avast! user interface.
    Click on Real Time Shields [in the left hand navigation panel].
    Click on Web Shield and disable the option to Scan web (HTTP) Traffic:
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      Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:00 PM

      WOW, that's not good Jimbo, just shows even the big guys can hit problems from time to time ;)
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        Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:58 PM

        Yep, must be something pretty generic [common to most web sites] to throw up so many false positives Marko.

        As you can imagine, it has caused plenty of panic. :rolleyes:
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