Author Topic: Avast! 8 preventing Windows 7 / Vista NCSI from verifying connectivity  (Read 2818 times)

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Abysal

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For some time now with the late version 7 of Avast! and new version 8 of Avast!, my NCSI (Network Connectivity Status Indicator) across all tested computers stops working with Avast Web Shield scanning defaults. I found the solution to my problem here:

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=84506.msg686860#msg686860

Which was to enable the following:

Avast main GUI -> Security -> Web Shield -> Settings -> check "Scan traffic from well-known browser processes only".

Then save, reboot and NCSI is working again as it should (yellow exclamation mark in Windows 7 disappears, and in Vista the internet globe appears).

Alternatively I tried additional ways to resolve this issue without checking "Scan traffic from well-known browser processes only". I tried to exclude http://www.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt along with wildcards with no luck. Only after I excluded svchost.exe which initiates the Windows Location Awareness service was I also able to resolve the NCSI issue.

Hopefully this brings some attention to the issue and a permanent resolution.