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Problems with Avast?

by raduzhok / April 11, 2011 6:04 AM PDT

About 30 minutes ago, I come online, with no problems. I closed the browser after I finished at one site, and re-opened it to enter another site I frequent. Avast popped up with a 'threat detected and blocked.' Two different threats actually popped up, both with the site's url in the site detection description.

I closed down my system and rebooted, and entered my other account, to check to see if the problem was possibly IE specific. In the second acct, I opened my firefox browser, and again, I got the avast notification of a blocked threat. I closed down my computer, again, and rebooted, and clicked on avast to run a scan. It needed to update the program, and when I restarted my computer, opened my browser (in the first acct I used), and tried to go to my email. Again, Avast sent up a notification. I considered there might be a problem on my system, so started a scan.

I switched over to this computer, a housemate's system, who also uses Avast, and opened a browser, and clicked on the email (Yahoo) link, and Avast popped up with a threat here.

My question: Is Avast having a problem? I disabled it so I could post this message, because every site (dictionary.com, yahoo.com, and various other major sites) are showing the avast notification of a threat blocked.

One last piece of info. The computers are networked with a lynksys router.

Any help will be appreciated.

Rad

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They have a problem with the latest
by roddy32 / April 11, 2011 6:16 AM PDT
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4/11/2011 AVAST Problems Multi-Websites
by mdvaden / April 11, 2011 6:29 AM PDT
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I am having a huge multitude of problems with avast today. April 11th, too. Avast is tossing up a Trojan Horse flag at Juno email, various forums I use. I can't even get into Facebook - it shuts down the connection.

This is a mess and I can't fix it yet.

Avast website is not loading either.

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(NT) Disable the webshiel until they fix it.
by roddy32 / April 11, 2011 6:35 AM PDT
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Avast is a mess for me too
by monalisa1495 / April 11, 2011 7:18 AM PDT
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I'm having that problem... So I ran a scan and it says I have 300+ threats. Most of them are the Help files in my HP printers software, all the files to the computer's burning system, all of quickbook and some misc things. I'm starting to think AVAST needs to be uninstalled for now and install AVG. This latest update must have messed things up severely. Anyone else also have it finding tons of threats? I mean 300+ when two days ago there were none seems excessive.

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From the Avast Blog.....
by Carol~ Forum moderator / April 11, 2011 7:38 AM PDT
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"False positive issue with virus defs 110411-1"

Virus definition update 110411-1 contained an error that resulted in a good number of innocent sites being flagged as infected. Generally, all sites with a script in a specific format were affected.

Our virus lab staff discovered the problem quickly after releasing the bogus update and immediately started working on a fix. The fix was released about 45 minutes after the problematic update and has version number 110411-2. Anyone who still has this problem is kindly asked to manually update the definitions to the latest version, e.g. by right-clicking the avast taskbar icon (the orange (a) ball), and selecting Update -> Engine and Virus Definitions.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. As this typically only affected remote sites (and not local files), simply updating to the latest definitions should completely solve the issue (no local files have been quarantined).

https://blog.avast.com/2011/04/11/false-positive-issue-with-virus-defs-110411-1/

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Note In the Above Post: 11.4.2011 - 110411-2 Released
by Carol~ Forum moderator / April 11, 2011 7:59 AM PDT
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