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Anti virus free sw with feature not to scan specific folder?

by Zettimongo / May 14, 2010 12:33 AM PDT

Hi all,

I`ve been using free Avira anti virus for a while. I need a feature where I can set the anti virus software NOT to scan a specific folder in my Computer; I`ve messed around with Avira and haven`t found out this feature, it keeps saying that some of video files that I have myself filmed are viruses (!!) and deletes them, too bad.

Please, does anyone have a recommendation ? Also, as far as I`ve noticed, the free Avira does not have anti-trojan capabilities, does anyone know a free package that would include this as well ?

Thank you,

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Try Avast

Try Avast. I was just poking around in the settings and found an exclusions option where it appears you are able to put in a path.

As for the rest, I tend to find it's much more productive to keep the trojans off your system in the first place. Really doesn't require too much effort on my part either. Bulk of it is really just using something other than Internet Explorer, and some other fairly common sense type things.

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Ok, but...
by Zettimongo / May 14, 2010 1:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Try Avast

Thanks Jimmy, will take a look.

We use Firefox, but my wife still clicks on all links she receives, so......


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by Jimmy Greystone / May 14, 2010 2:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Ok, but...

So, you need to work on educating your wife about the dangers of such things. Maybe at some point you should intentionally allow your system to become overrun, just to help drive the point home. Be sure to back up important stuff first, but maybe leave a few things that you could reproduce later if necessary, even if it would be a pain. Helps sell the realism of the production. A little pain now could save a lot of pain later.

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by Zettimongo / May 14, 2010 3:50 AM PDT
In reply to: So

Thanks Jimmy, educating her is THE problem...

Do other friends have recommendations on other softwares as well ?


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Avira Exclusions
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 14, 2010 5:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes..

Although you might want to try Jimmy's recommendation, Avira does have exclusion options, and perhaps you haven't excluded those folders properly.

Did you find an exclusions option in Avira's menus?


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Anto virus
by Zettimongo / May 16, 2010 11:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Avira Exclusions

Hi Mark,

No, I haven`t found out a "folder exclusion" in Avira. In Avast, the option is clearly available, so I`ll stick to this one for a while.


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One other thing
by Jimmy Greystone / May 17, 2010 12:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Anto virus

One other thing, is that Avast may not have the false-positive issue Avira did. You could try letting it scan those files at least once and see what happens. If Avast also reports an issue, you can exclude that directory, or consider the possibility that maybe they ARE infected with something. If two different AV programs report a problem, there's likely something to it.

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