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AVG Hoax???

Received what appeared to be a legitimate, regular AVG update notice. Started to download update when my daughter advised that she had heard this update was causing problems on other people's system. Stopped download in mid-process....had to do a full system restore to get the gremlins out. 3 hours of my life that I'll never get back. Nice.

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AVG virus

I am glad to see this post. I was beginning to believe it was something that my daughter did accidentally. She also received what looked to be a legitimate AVG update box that appeared on her screen. She is set to receive auto updates and thought that is what this was. She is not too savvy about watching how updates arrive, which is part of the problem.

Within a short time, her laptop locked up. Fortunately she does a regular backup. Her geek friend was able to clean up the viruses and trojans (over 500) and she was good to go.

This occurred about a month ago. She was using the free AVG version. I went to the AVG forum and opened a new thread, but at that time, no one had heard anything about this. I haven't been back to check it since.

A caution to AVG users - you may want to turn off auto updates or at least be sure they are legit before downloading.

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Yes There Was/Is a Fake AVG Out There...

but I thought it was Rogue AVG 2008 or 2009? Was a rogue program pretending to be new AVG. Haven't heard about an " AVG update" rogue before this myself. I spent time searching for original posts on this but can't find. Thanks for this warning!!! Happy

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Found The Link To Fake AVG Posts...
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There WAS a legit AVG program update

released yesterday. I don't use AVG myself but it was posted on the "Paid" version page. The "Free" version page did not have it posted but Grisoft is sometimes slow posting that stuff so I don't know if the "Free" version received it or not.

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Not quite sure what you're saying here. Was there a warning re: an update hoax on the paid AVG page, but not the free version?

The viruses on my daughter's pc (who did download the AVG update hoax) were linked directly to that download. It appeared as a box in the middle of her screen w/ the AVG logo. She was running 7.0 ver.

For myself, AVG Free ver 8, I've been updating w/ no problems, but I update manually from my webpage.

I don't know anything about a rogue AVG program out there. I recently downloaded ver 8.5 from Grisoft w/ no problems.

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There was a legit program update

for version 8 yesterday is what I am saying. I think there was also one today but I have not had the time to go look for it or post it anywhere yet. Yesterday's legit update was only posted on the "Paid" version's page BUT it MIGHT have also been released for the "Free" version without being posted at AVG. As I said earlier, AVG is sometimes slow in posting these things. I can not verify either way because I don't use AVG.

Also, As far as I know the 7.0 version is no longer supported so she needs to upgrade to the 8.5 version. As far as an AVG HOAX being posted, I have not seen anything at AVG about that, at least not on their main news page which is here.

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legit update for avg ver 8


you're correct...there's legit updates for 8 yesterday and today. No problem with those.

I don't know if the rogue update is still floating around or not. but the one's for avg free come in regularly.

thx j

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AVG scan results displayed on brower, no longer us AVG

just got a browser page with info that told me that AVG had detected a large number of threats on my computer (worms,trojan, keyloggers....etc.) Thing is I had removed AVG about a month ago and decided not to click on anything on the page(click here to fix). Hoax, phishing scam, or AVG trying to scare up some business?

I did some updating of what I now use and found only annoying adware, cookies, and basic annoyances.

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It Was Malware

There is an AVG malware hoax out there (usually known as AVG Antivirus 2011) which attempts to install a rogue antispyware trojan on your computer.. It's not the "real" AVG at all. Closing the page was a good thing but if you haven't already, you may still want to download and run some malware removal tools such as the free ones below:

Malwarebytes Antimalware

SUPERAntispyware Removal Tool

Hope this helps.


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thank you for the response :)

so many sneaky people out there... thanks again for the response.

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