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Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« on: November 23, 2004, 05:35:39 PM »
I have been testing out the Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6 today and I have a question about one thing found in a report.

In the Sygate Security Log is this message:
Application Hijacking has been detected
The application: C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe  try to launch another application: C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\Setup\avast.setup  to go to remote host  download2.avast.com


Is http://download2.avast.com/ legit?  I thought the Avast site is http://www.avast.com/


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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2004, 05:39:06 PM »
download2 is just one of the servers used by Avast to get updates from. (as you can see in servers.def)

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2004, 05:40:37 PM »
OK, Thanks Eddy :)
a61

PS: I see 14 of them buggers in the list!
« Last Edit: November 23, 2004, 05:45:02 PM by a61 »

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2004, 06:31:54 PM »
You can find the valid set of download avast servers in the servers.def file in avast4\Setup directory  ;)

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2004, 12:03:00 AM »
I have been testing out the Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6 today and I have a question about one thing found in a report.

In the Sygate Security Log is this message:
Application Hijacking has been detected
The application: C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe  try to launch another application: C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\Setup\avast.setup  to go to remote host  download2.avast.com


Is http://download2.avast.com/ legit?  I thought the Avast site is http://www.avast.com/


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That's a pretty scary message from Sygate. What do they use when there's a real problem?????
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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2004, 02:28:55 AM »
I don't know about scary, but it made me wonder :)

Before I had SP2 I was using Outpost and loved it.  Since the free version doesn't work with SP2 I've been just using the router and the XP firewall.  I guess ZA free doesn't work with avast, or at least people are having problems with it, so I decided to try the Sygate Personal Firewall.  So far it's pretty good, just have to spend some time with the help files to learn more.  I took it for a spin at the different scanning sites and it passes, but then I have to figure the router is on to.

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2004, 03:09:38 AM »
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I guess ZA free doesn't work with avast, or at least people are having problems with it
Not that I know of. I use ZA Pro and love it and as far as I know the engine is the same in both versions.
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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2004, 03:15:26 AM »
From the post I have read in the Avast forum there is a problem with ZA and Avast.  Maybe the Pro version is ok.

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2004, 03:36:44 AM »
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If what you have is working for you, keep it but, don't believe everything you read in the funny papers. ;D ;D
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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2004, 03:53:17 AM »
I was trying to find the post made by VLK where he said there seems to be a problem with Avast and ZA and they would be checking on it , or someting on that order.  I don't remember when I read it.

I have used ZA about 3 years ago and had problems with it...but that was 3 years ago so it doesn't mean much.  I know ZA is recommended by many people, but I really did like Outpost the best of all the ones I tried, but the free version just doesn't work with SP2.  So now I'm just trying Sygate out to see if it's going to work for me without causing problems (I'm still leary of ZA).  So far it seems simple to setup and use.  If it causes my problems then it's gonna go bye bye ;D

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2004, 05:00:06 AM »
Odd, I never saw sygate telling me that they've upgraded to version 5.6  :(

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2004, 11:22:48 AM »
Running ZA and Avast for years on one of my systems, no problem at all.

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2004, 01:32:01 PM »
Sygate gives the Application Hijacking message whenever an application is launched by another application without the direct request of the user (if the launches application tries to access the net).  In almost every circumstance there is a legitimate reason for the situation as in this case, but I'd rather put up with these false warning messages than miss a real security risk.

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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2004, 01:33:08 PM »
a61
The only problem With ZA occurred when they first
came out with V5.0. But that was resolved and there's
never been a problem since.
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Re:Firewall testing [Avast Hijacking]?
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2004, 01:35:10 PM »
But it's still hugest system hog of all software firewalls... like Norton is in antivirus world  :)
« Last Edit: November 24, 2004, 02:02:54 PM by S.Z.Craftec »