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Title: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: jamieknoy on September 18, 2021, 03:39:59 AM
After running a complete scan with avast free version I got a popup that stated my remote desktop connection was putting me at risk.  Only thing is, I am running windows 10 home edition which is not supposed to support rd connections.  Any help?
Title: Re: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: Asyn on September 18, 2021, 03:20:43 PM
Post a screenshot.
Title: Re: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: DavidR on September 18, 2021, 05:45:33 PM
A screenshot as Asyn mentions could help a lot, as to what detected this etc.

Whilst Win10 Home isn't meant to have a Remote Desktop Connection function, they may still be present and the ports available.
Title: Re: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: jamieknoy on September 18, 2021, 08:27:44 PM
 I attached a screenshot...I hope I did it correctly.   It wo't let me 'preview' the post...
Title: Re: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: DavidR on September 18, 2021, 10:16:42 PM
Whilst these messages are likely to be fact, they are hoping you will elect to pay for avast products to take care of it.

I use avast free:
1.  My sensitive documents I regularly backup to an external hard drive/usb, I have been doing this for many years under the policy of -"if you don't want to lose it back it up."
2.  I can't recall having this message - though I would still expect the avast antivirus to protect my system should this happen.
3.  The windows 10 firewall might be basic, previously I used a paid for firewall and only when I switched to win10 and my old firewall was no longer supported did I use the win10 firewall.  I haven't had any issues with that in over 4 years, it is also possible to get an add-on to give that firewall additional functions (at no cost).
4.  I also expect avast free and the Web Shield to take care of fake websites in much the same way as the phishing (aka fake) websites.  Yes hacker could redirect you to fake sites, but first they have to get on your system and I expect avast's webshield and the file system shield to take care of it.

For me this is a poor marketing choice, give the user a head ache and then sell them an aspirin.

Personally rarely if ever run on-demand scans, mostly they are scanning dormant files, active files are scanned by the file shield, when created, modified or run.  And don't get me started on the NOT so Smart Scan, which it would appear to be where this has come from.

Note: Your image is fine, you can't see them in preview mode, only when posted is the file (uploaded) available to be viewed.
Title: Re: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: bob3160 on September 18, 2021, 11:54:06 PM
The smart scan gives you and insight. It's great to run this if you have a paid version. But you have to realize if you have a free version, part of this is nothing more than a sales pitch and the items shown in your screenshot reflect just exactly that, a sales pitch, nothing else, nothing more, nothing less.
Title: Re: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: jamieknoy on September 19, 2021, 09:59:04 AM
Thank you all so much for your responses. 

At my last job, my boss had a habit of remoting into my personal computer any time he pleased, so a message like that was enough to make me very uneasy.  It seems, at least imho, once someone violates your privacy in that manner, you are always on the lookout for that sort of thing moving forward. 

I can't thank you enough for helping put my (now paranoid) mind at ease!!!

Title: Re: Odd message from avast free scan
Post by: DavidR on September 19, 2021, 11:54:34 AM
You're welcome.