Spyware, Viruses, & Security forum


HELP! Firefox, Google, Avast Virus Warning

by Mrsbeard / September 5, 2012 2:45 PM PDT

Ok, so, Firefox, Google and Avast are driving me insane!

Here's my problem:
Every time I use Google (regardless which way I search Google, ie. I type Google's URL into the URL bar or the Google search bar) Avast pops up and tells me that it just blocked a virus from Google.

Regardless what I search; even if I just go to the Google home page and various Google country sites (.com/.com.au/.co.uk etc) Avast always tellls me that it just protected me from a virus.

I have an updated version of Avast Free Anti Virus.
I ran it and it found nothing.
I ran CC Cleaner, cleared my cookies and history.
I ran Spy Bot and I got Rootkit Revealer and that didn't help either.

I emailed Avast and someone from the team emailed back and said that I needed to update Avast, restart my computer, rescan, get Spy Bot, get Rootkit blah blah blah!
They suggested all the things I had already tried.
Then they told me to go to a local repair shop.

BUT, I'm starting to think it's not a virus, or a cookie (mm cookies) or anything like that.
I think Avast is bringing up Google as a false positive.

I know Avast recommends using Google Chrome but as a university student, Firefox works best with my university provider and I am pretty stubborn.

The problem doesn't happen with other browsers, IE, Safari, Google Chrome.

I also deleted Firefox and reinstalled it and the problem still continues.

Can someone please help?

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: HELP! Firefox, Google, Avast Virus Warning
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: HELP! Firefox, Google, Avast Virus Warning
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


CNET bought a house!

Take a look inside the house where we will be testing connected locks, thermostats and other smart home products so we can tell a complete story.