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Offline ccm582

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Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« on: April 23, 2024, 02:53:18 PM »
I don't use Avast Web Shield any more because on many video sharing sites, it blocks the entire website or blocks some videos on those sites. When I add Exceptions or report false positives to Avast, more and more video sites or components are blocked. When I tried other antivirus, they don't block these sites.

Perhaps Avast depends on community reporting which is dependent on the intentions of those reporting. Avast should make its Web Shield useful again by using databases used by other AVs or investigate before blocking.

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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2024, 06:37:01 AM »
You mean this?  hXXps://yt5s.com/en173

Almost all websites blocked here are .xyz and usually Avast blocks videos found on YouTube with this top level domain.

Please provide an example of an active block by Avast by attaching a screenshot in your next reply.

Not running Avast WebShield will defeat the purpose of having it, protecting you from malicious websites and downloaded script.
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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2024, 04:50:35 AM »
I am now using Avast in Passive Mode and using another antivirus whose Web Shield has no problems.

Try these sites yourself with Avast Web Shield:

hXXps://lulustream.com
hXXps://watchseries.bar
hXXps://vidsrc.pro

If I create Exceptions, more and more video sites are blocked.
Please modify your https: links to hXXps: as I have done in your quote to make these sites unclickable.  Unsuspecting users may not know these links may be malicious.

Using a sandbox, I initiated 2 separate alert for 2 sites.

See attached below:

lulucnd did trigger but watchseries did not connect and widsrc appeared to open normally.  (Correction:  2nd attempt to connect yielded 2nd Avast alert.  Possible 3rd-party connection active sporadically that is malicious.
https://www.virustotal.com/gui/url/1ee3b3da144927d8879323d8a4963a8c36a2f33346c80b15ad9a9b4e5b4474ed?nocache=1
https://www.virustotal.com/gui/url/bd10e85b4e0ad7e7d7fe147446e6c7b4f9307f1498fcf0e1cab3c1ae2e1cb1ff?nocache=1
https://www.virustotal.com/gui/url/19f3ade4e45eceabcafc0f657d6ec0d39f0dfe5a2d6c13386db2b40a45517658
https://quttera.com/detailed_report/watchseries.bar - This result is with Avast Free running on system and no connection made to site other than by Quttera.com
https://quttera.com/detailed_report/vidsrc.pro - no detection
https://quttera.com/detailed_report/lulustream.com - no detection

Using a sandbox will protect your real operating system from harm should a malware infection occur.

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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2024, 07:58:39 PM »
My point is that these sites are NOT malicious. They are just video sites. Just that Avast Web Shield says they are and you believe that. I'm now using another AV which doesn't block them and I can watch my videos and movies in peace.

No point discussing this as Avast Web Shield practically flags most video sites as malicious.

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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2024, 04:38:57 PM »
Wouldn't you want an antivirus to stop an infection at a video site put there surreptitiously by a hacker or nation-agent and the video website owner is unaware of a 0-exploit of their software being exploited?  Couldn't you be at risk of being infected as collateral damage?
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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2024, 04:46:13 PM »
If someone put a malware into a file on Google Drive or MS OneDrive, it is good for Web Shield to detect it. But because of one or a few malware, is Avast going to block these drives totally making them unusable.

Also, as I said, I used another reputable AV and it sometimes blocks a script here and there without blocking the site or the video.

Even if Web Shield doesn't block the malware, File Shield will detect it if downloaded and deal with it.

My point is that Avast Web Shield is overkill in dealing with video sites. It needs to adopt recognised malware lists instead of relying on someone to report the sites. That someone may have ulterior motives.

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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2024, 06:49:13 PM »
You're system, your choice in the settings and or what AV that you use.

So far I haven't experienced this issue on the video sites that I use, but I'm not heavily into video sharing.  If these sites are serving up what would otherwise be a paid video, that could be very susceptible
Some of the sites you mentioned:
https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/vidsrc.pro
https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/lulustream.com
https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/watchseries.bar
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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2024, 11:59:46 PM »
If someone put a malware into a file on Google Drive or MS OneDrive, it is good for Web Shield to detect it. But because of one or a few malware, is Avast going to block these drives totally making them unusable.

Also, as I said, I used another reputable AV and it sometimes blocks a script here and there without blocking the site or the video.

Even if Web Shield doesn't block the malware, File Shield will detect it if downloaded and deal with it.

My point is that Avast Web Shield is overkill in dealing with video sites. It needs to adopt recognised malware lists instead of relying on someone to report the sites. That someone may have ulterior motives.
Your system, your choice, your a/v of choice.

It would seem that you are objecting to one antivirus blocking something you want to freely view, (it's very annoying, I know) whereas another antivirus does not block and that would seem to work the way you think all antivirus programs should work. 

The people at Avast who actually do the work (And it is not us, us Evangelists.  We are just here to use our knowledge to help other users.) are looking out for you and everyone else and use their professional training to protect all of us from harm.  In a perfect world there would be no malware, but this world is imperfect and there actors out there that live to inflict harm on our systems, commit ransomware, and cause misery and worse.

Some of us have devices that enable us to live, and if these devices are compromised, their lives are at risk, even death is possible.  I have to say, do they really care?

Yes, there are false positives because it is an imperfect world, but don't throw the baby out the bath water.  Keep the baby and keep your system alive, to live another day.

That is what I recommend.
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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2024, 02:05:36 PM »
Thank you mchain for your advice. It is something to consider. TQ all for your input.

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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2024, 04:01:20 PM »
You're system, your choice in the settings and or what AV that you use.
https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/vidsrc.pro

  • The identity of the owner of the website is hidden on WHOIS
  • The registrar of this website is popular amongst scammers
  • This website seems popular but is also young
  • The age of this site is (very) young.

Really these reasons mean site is dangerous for your system?

Also Virustotal say 3/92 detections
« Last Edit: April 29, 2024, 04:03:42 PM by Leo3487 »

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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2024, 06:23:53 PM »
You're system, your choice in the settings and or what AV that you use.
https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/vidsrc.pro

  • The identity of the owner of the website is hidden on WHOIS
  • The registrar of this website is popular amongst scammers
  • This website seems popular but is also young
  • The age of this site is (very) young.

Really these reasons mean site is dangerous for your system?

Also Virustotal say 3/92 detections

I don't work for avast and only the Avast Virus Team are the only ones that could:
A: list is as URL Blacklist.
B: investigate this and remove or retain the detection.

In all honesty I feel the OP is fighting this in the topic, instead of reporting it to Avast for analysis

Note:  You will notice that Avast isn't listed on the VT results, as Avast only does live scans (not on-demand) for websites.
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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2024, 06:35:47 PM »
I have for months reported this and that video site to Avast. One time, they removed lulustream from blacklist but later added it back. Also, no point reporting as Avast kept on blocking more and more video sites, faster than we can report them.

I checked this Forum and found other complaints about Avast Web Shield on video sites like this one:

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=138386.0

I hope the Virus Team remember that Avast should act as anti-malware and not anti-piracy tool, if at all these sites are showing pirated content.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2024, 06:37:59 PM by ccm582 »

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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2024, 07:34:10 PM »
Pirated content could bring more than just a video.

Posting a link to a topic from 2013 isn't great.  In this topic there are also some that tried to investigate this and found no problem viewing the content.
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Re: Avast Web Shield unusable on video sharing sites
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2024, 12:03:04 AM »
Pirated content could bring more than just a video.

Posting a link to a topic from 2013 isn't great.  In this topic there are also some that tried to investigate this and found no problem viewing the content.

All you say at this post and others at this thread about piracy or serve content that otherwise should be paid, talk than avast besides an AV also wotk as police and moralist