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Avast The King of all False Positives.
« on: May 19, 2013, 09:42:50 PM »
Nvidia Video drivers do not contain any root kits. I guess it is time to return to the method of shutting off Avast when installing a driver

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2013, 10:27:12 PM »
Shutting down while installing drivers? You're looking for big trouble.
False positives are to be corrected, not blamed.
Can you give us more details of which Nvidia driver we're talking about? (links to download, VirusTotal links, etc.). Thanks.
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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 10:28:14 PM »
Before making an assumption statement such as your please be prepared to backup your thread. Avast actually has an extremely low false positive rating. Several other companies are far worse. Comodo has the highest actually. Just check out AV Comparatives. Also where did you download the Nvidia drivers from? Right from the Nvidia site? Post a link so I can test it myself. Other then that the title of your thread is extremely inaccurate and false.

http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 10:30:41 PM »
Shutting down while installing drivers? You're looking for big trouble.
False positives are to be corrected, not blamed.
Can you give us more details of which Nvidia driver we're talking about? (links to download, VirusTotal links, etc.). Thanks.

Nothing wrong with temporarily "shutting down Avast" to install drivers. But when its re-enabled it will detect it from. Until we have proof of this false positive such as Virustotal link or better yet the Avast log its just smoke.

Are these "tweaked" drivers?

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013, 10:33:24 PM »
as already stated...test the file(s) at virustotal.com

and upload files to avast lab so it can be corrected

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2013, 11:03:45 PM »
Shutting down while installing drivers? You're looking for big trouble.
False positives are to be corrected, not blamed.
Can you give us more details of which Nvidia driver we're talking about? (links to download, VirusTotal links, etc.). Thanks.

Nothing wrong with temporarily "shutting down Avast" to install drivers. But when its re-enabled it will detect it from. Until we have proof of this false positive such as Virustotal link or better yet the Avast log its just smoke.

Are these "tweaked" drivers?
Bad security advice. You're been warned.
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Aventador

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2013, 12:05:54 AM »
Shutting down while installing drivers? You're looking for big trouble.
False positives are to be corrected, not blamed.
Can you give us more details of which Nvidia driver we're talking about? (links to download, VirusTotal links, etc.). Thanks.

Nothing wrong with temporarily "shutting down Avast" to install drivers. But when its re-enabled it will detect it from. Until we have proof of this false positive such as Virustotal link or better yet the Avast log its just smoke.

Are these "tweaked" drivers?
Bad security advice. You're been warned.

I clearly stated "temporarily". I went through this eariler today. Even huge companies like EA Games and Blizzard give advice about temporarily shutting down your antivirus to allow a program to install properly.

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2013, 01:34:58 AM »
Please note, depending on your settings, you may have to temporarily disable your antivirus software.

 This is from ADOBE
     
 Disable or turn off any antivirus you have running, especially any that have some sort of real time scanner.

This is from NVIDIA
« Last Edit: May 20, 2013, 03:06:22 AM by Arizona »

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2013, 05:41:38 AM »
I usually do a manual scan of the driver executable, and assuming all is well, I disable the real time protection, install the driver
and then re-enable.
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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2013, 05:53:42 AM »
I usually do a manual scan of the driver executable, and assuming all is well, I disable the real time protection, install the driver
and then re-enable.

Does AV check all of a file like that or just parts of it?

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Re: Avast The King of all False Positives.
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2013, 07:47:08 AM »
I've just tested by reinstalling the latest stable GeForce 314.22 drivers and there's no problem here.