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Virus found

A few times an Avast window has popped up saying that a virus was found, "click here to remedy it" or some such message. I'm not clickin on nothin I'm not absolutely sure about.
So I do a scan with Avast when I'm offline. As it takes a few hours, I start at night. In the morning, there's no trace of it, and it appears that the computer rebooted. Any clues about this?

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I'm No Longer Seeing That

ad tonight. It occurred to me that if users in US are not seeing it, possibly it's specific to urls or ISPs specific to Canada & only seen by those in Canada? Can't imagine Cdn Gov advertising that to US users!

NOTED: over the last 3 or 4 days, on several occasions, when going from 1 Cnet page or forum to another, suddenly get "can't find Cnet address" & often then get re-directed to Cnet Main Page or not!
as if Cnet was suddenly off the air. Happened tonight when I prepared
a reply to a poster & then clicked preview post. Of course when I used the "Back" button, the prepared reply had vanished. Is there repair work under way calling for main reboot of the site or forums there in?
Thanks! Sandy Happy

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Sorry Folks!! This content

was meant for the Forum Feedback forum. I can't understand HOW it got substituted into my reply to this poster which I replied to w/ instructions that apparently vanished when I clicked preview post! That was before the next post to(above) which I updated my post in Forum Feed back. I'll attempt to C&P this to proper post, the return to re do reply regarding Avast! finding. Sandy Sad

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Sadly, You've Failed to

give us any requested info in RED above the post reply area...not even what version of Avast you're using & your current definitions date.

Really helpful to give us the exact name & path /location of the infection Avast! found (often needed to determine if a false positive or not).

Have you looked in the Avast Quarantine area to see if anything has been removed to there recently? I don't use Avast but I believe the default action is to create back-up copy of anything auto or manually removed & put it in quarantine for later replacement in case of false pos. or critical system file. This assumes you didn't give it different directions/orders in the settings section previously.

When you ran the overnight scan, it's possible that Avast had to reboot the system to de-activate an active infection so that it could be removed at boot up before it became active again with the launch of Windows. In that case it should be in the quarantine area for you to examine.

You're right...you really need to know if it's really Avast offering to fix the problem or message from the pre-infector scareware trying to get you to download even more trouble in the name of remedying it.
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