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Offline Tomas CD

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How to turn off scam protection only?
« on: December 07, 2023, 10:00:03 PM »
I think the question is self-explaining.

I actually do think I don't need to be protected against scams, since I don't ever pay online and I don't have internet banking. Most of the "thought to be scams" warnings are just annoying to me and I need to set whole server as an exception to access them, which makes me vulnerable to potential viruses there.

Thank you for your answers.

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2023, 01:42:18 AM »
This seems to be related related to you other topic https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=324254.msg1706610#msg1706610 in which you didn't respond ?
- I suspect so - if so expand post in that topic and don't create duplicates

As I said in your other topic:
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Unfortunately there just isn't enough information to give a specific answer.
The most helpful would have been a screenshot of the Avast Alert with the Details option selected and attached to the post.

This gives an idea of what the issue and what may be done, given what you said in your other topic:
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Is it possible to somehow explain to avast that I want to access the page itself, but without it immediately ignoring everything what's going on there?
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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2023, 10:25:12 AM »
No, this is actually unrelated. I didn't answer before, because I hoped for someone having better answer than what I've already known.

This is a different issue with me just geting tired of "scam" warning in general.

I'm sorry if you felt ignored before, it wasn't my intention.

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2023, 01:52:08 PM »
No, this is actually unrelated. I didn't answer before, because I hoped for someone having better answer than what I've already known.

This is a different issue with me just geting tired of "scam" warning in general.

I'm sorry if you felt ignored before, it wasn't my intention.

What I'm trying to find out is what is this scam warning you mention.  I must lead a sheltered life as I can't recall any scam warning from Avast, hence requests for more detailed information and or a screenshot of the Scam Warning.

I honestly don't feel ignored, I was just quoting what you had said in the other topic.

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2023, 04:45:56 PM »
Here you go.

I'm sorry I have it only in my native language though...

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2023, 06:56:45 PM »
A google search on the v2.trknex.com domain returns many hits, some like the above are the same, harvesting information for advertising revenue

See https://cfoc.org/v2-trknex-com-detection-and-removal/ so information about harvesting information for advertising revenue.

Some security pointers here - https://en.internet.nl/site/v2.trknex.com/2511217/ - since Avast is about security, I don't know if this would be a factor (but really should be addressed by the owners).
Scan failed 403 error - but some Hardening Improvements mentioned here - https://en.internet.nl/site/v2.trknex.com/2511217/

Reporting a Possible False Positive File or Website - https://www.avast.com/false-positive-file-form.php.
You should get a response in a day or two.
-  This may or may not be what Avast is alerting for - but the site should certainly address this.

However there is nothing stopping you from adding the domain name to the Avast Exceptions at your own risk - Avast User Interface > Menu > General > Exceptions > Add Website.
See attachment below, click to expand for an example.
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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2023, 07:40:12 PM »
See? This is why I didn't answer in the previous topic.

It's not like I'm saying it's a false alarm or I don't trust the Avast team judgement, I'm asking if there is some kind of settings where I can turn off protection against all the scams, since I don't think I need it.

I don't want to sound like a jerk, since you willingly spent your time to help me and I'm really thankful, but this is not the answer to my question.

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2024, 09:27:20 PM »
Completely agree with OP, don't need and antivirus to FORBID ME from entering a website just because it may be a scam .. you may WARN me but not completely abort a connection.

And it's ridiculous to offer the Exclusion alternative since the site itself may be riddled with other threats that I do want the antivirus to protect me from.

Just like the "Phishing" thing .. I am an adult, warn me and allow me to continue if I want to. What's next .. banning porn and gaming sites ? ffs!!!

Now I can't access my movie site because it may be a scam. Are you planning on banning auto dealerships and banks too ?

Again, warn and allow to continue .. a scam is not a technological thing that I need to be protected from. Cookies? What about you acting as MITM between all my traffic which disables whatsapp url preview feature.

This is the site in question :

https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/https/solarmovie.pe

Low security risk. Riddled with ads and viruses that Avast faithfully and succsefully adresses and had no issues whatsoever for the past couple of years. Now a SCAM alert shows up and I cant even access the website entirely unless I'm willing to disable the entire thing for this website !!!!!!!!!

It's akin to a hospital denying service based on vaccine status .. you have a deep cut on your arm and you're bleedin to death .. well .. in order to treat you you either get a covid vaccine or go elsewhere.  wtf Avast!




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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2024, 10:59:05 PM »
As far as I'm aware there is no specific function to just exclude all Scam alerts.
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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2024, 05:00:23 AM »
Suspicious websites should not be blocked. It either has a confirmed malware/virus threat that requires to be blocked or not.

Furthermore, https://unmask.sucuri.net/security-report/?page=solarmovie.pe clearly states that what it find suspicious is a javascript code it is unable to understand JAVASCRIPT !!!! most one can do with javascript is xss/cookies injection and tracking .. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that Avast can not handle or that will harm the users computer .. so why would it FORBID ME from accessing the website in it's entirety ?

Avast should not block websites based on a hunch. I just installed Avira and navigated to that same site without any issue whatsoever.

Avast should not block ANY websites at all. It shuld only either warn that there is a website with a malware/virus that Avast is unable to block/treat or simply allow access and block all threats from within (as it has always done).

Since when are we in the business of preventing to a point of not even granting access "just in case" there MAY be a threat.

Also, since when are we in the business of blocking "human threats" linke phishing. WTF! Avast is not a "parental control" software. It is meant to deal with malware/virus (software based) threats. For all other "threats" it may warn but it should never ever forcefully stop you from accesing a website.

ps.- When are you guys going to correctly update the Verification Questions for this forum? What is current year?: 2024 wrong 2023 ok !!
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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2024, 05:07:28 PM »
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Suspicious websites should not be blocked. It either has a confirmed malware/virus threat that requires to be blocked or not.

Furthermore, https://unmask.sucuri.net/security-report/?page=solarmovie.pe clearly states that what it find suspicious is a javascript code it is unable to understand JAVASCRIPT !!!! most one can do with javascript is xss/cookies injection and tracking .. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that Avast can not handle or that will harm the users computer .. so why would it FORBID ME from accessing the website in it's entirety ?
No one say that this is the reason for avast block


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  I just installed Avira and navigated to that same site without any issue whatsoever.
Also listed by Avira now

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/url/9660a0592b0e2bcd9d43b5ba7c90e49a0c6eb884ed02d59b9a7850a884b0cdbd?nocache=1



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Offline yanstiac

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2024, 07:25:49 PM »
Please correct me .. is avast an antivirus software or a fancy blocklisting firewall ? All other antivirus will let you in and protect you from the virus by stopping the virus execution not restricting your access to the website entirely.

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2024, 01:04:21 PM »
... what it find suspicious is a javascript code it is unable to understand JAVASCRIPT !!!! most one can do with javascript is xss/cookies injection and tracking .. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that Avast can not handle or that will harm the users computer ..

Really? Are you quite sure of that?

Here are a few of the MANY reports that suggest that JavaScript is employed for
purposes far more malicious that you seem to be suggesting.

New PindOS JavaScript dropper deploys Bumblebee, IcedID malware

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-pindos-javascript-dropper-deploys-bumblebee-icedid-malware/


Stealthy new JavaScript malware infects Windows PCs with RATs

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/stealthy-new-javascript-malware-infects-windows-pcs-with-rats/


Undetected JScript Dropper Installs Sage Ransomware

https://www.vmray.com/cyber-security-blog/undetected-jscript-dropper-executes-sage-ransomware/


Reverse engineering a JavaScript obfuscated dropper

July 31, 2017

by Antonio Cocomazzi

"Nowadays one of the techniques most used to spread malware on windows systems
is using a JavaScript (js) dropper. A js dropper represents, in most attack
scenarios, the first stage of a malware infection."


https://resources.infosecinstitute.com/topics/reverse-engineering/reverse-engineering-javascript-obfuscated-dropper/

« Last Edit: January 19, 2024, 01:06:26 PM by waking »

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Re: How to turn off scam protection only?
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2024, 01:53:26 PM »
So does Avast protect or not protect against JavaScript? As far as I know, Avast protects against malicious JavaScript.
Thank you and good day!
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