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Offline skeptical1

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2012, 03:22:40 PM »
This is not "fixed" yet. It just happened to me. In my opinion, it is a marketing gimmick using a false flag warning, because when you click on "show details", it takes you to a page that tries to get you to upgrade to the paid version. Otherwise, why would they block their own URL?

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2012, 03:25:22 PM »
This is not "fixed" yet.

It should be fixed. Any screenshot..?
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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2012, 03:37:12 PM »
This is not "fixed" yet.

It should be fixed. Any screenshot..?

 No screenshot. The popup disappears after a several seconds. I stand by my original opinion that it's a marketing gimmick. I scanned the URL "download117.avcast.com" at urlvoid.com, and it came back clean.

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2012, 03:49:15 PM »
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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2012, 03:52:25 PM »
This is indeed a FP and it was already fixed in the latest defs.

FYI, It was an IP address block (as opposed to a domain name block); the reason for it was that the same IP address was obviously used for some malicious purposes in the past (before it got allocated by the hosting provider to our server).

Pretty interesting, sort of like you buy a house and then a bunch of thugs knock on your door because the previous owner owed them some money. :)

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2012, 03:55:11 PM »
This is indeed a FP and it was already fixed in the latest defs.

FYI, It was an IP address block (as opposed to a domain name block); the reason for it was that the same IP address was obviously used for some malicious purposes in the past (before it got allocated by the hosting provider to our server).

Pretty interesting, sort of like you buy a house and then a bunch of thugs knock on your door because the previous owner owed them some money. :)

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LOL, Perfect Analogy !

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2012, 04:08:48 PM »
This is indeed a FP and it was already fixed in the latest defs.
VlK, NOW I'm relaxed! ;)
Thank you for the information!

Pretty interesting, sort of like you buy a house and then a bunch of thugs knock on your door because the previous owner owed them some money. :)
Lol... ;D
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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2012, 04:44:42 PM »
This is indeed a FP and it was already fixed in the latest defs.

FYI, It was an IP address block (as opposed to a domain name block); the reason for it was that the same IP address was obviously used for some malicious purposes in the past (before it got allocated by the hosting provider to our server).

Pretty interesting, sort of like you buy a house and then a bunch of thugs knock on your door because the previous owner owed them some money. :)

Cheers
Vlk

Thanks Vlk. That sounds plausible. Isn't there some way the hosting provider could scan the IP addresses it allocates with avast before they re-use them? It sounds like it would be an easy way to prevent false positives.

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2012, 06:54:48 PM »
Re:  "Im not sure if I can mention it, delete if so, but if you are over worried, then you could always try a scan with other software that can be installed alongside avast, such as malwarebytes."

The avast guy on the phone lectured me that malwarebytes cannot be on the same computer as avast, even if mb is not running or is just a left-over registry key after it is uninstalled, and would cause such a popup malfunction. (It was all about how I had messed up my system somehow to cause this; I think they are trained incorrectly to blame the user?) But that is what he said about mb.

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2012, 07:00:59 PM »
Re:  "Im not sure if I can mention it, delete if so, but if you are over worried, then you could always try a scan with other software that can be installed alongside avast, such as malwarebytes."

The avast guy on the phone lectured me that malwarebytes cannot be on the same computer as avast, even if mb is not running or is just a left-over registry key after it is uninstalled, and would cause such a popup malfunction. (It was all about how I had messed up my system somehow to cause this; I think they are trained incorrectly to blame the user?) But that is what he said about mb.

Unless there was some misunderstanding, the avast! support also said that the Web Shield wouldn't be functional with the free version of avast!

I tested shortly thereafter, and it seems to work with the free version of avast!

Just throwing that out there.

Thank you for the updates, less to worry about (just installed avast! on a freshly formatted computer yesterday when this malware warning notice popped onto the screen.)

Cheers!

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Re: Is this a fake Avast update or download?
« Reply #40 on: February 19, 2012, 07:05:24 PM »
Re:  "Im not sure if I can mention it, delete if so, but if you are over worried, then you could always try a scan with other software that can be installed alongside avast, such as malwarebytes."  The avast guy on the phone lectured me that malwarebytes cannot be on the same computer as avast, even if mb is not running or is just a left-over registry key after it is uninstalled, and would cause such a popup malfunction. (It was all about how I had messed up my system somehow to cause this; I think they are trained incorrectly to blame the user?) But that is what he said about mb.
Unless there was some misunderstanding, the avast! support also said that the Web Shield wouldn't be functional with the free version of avast!  I tested shortly thereafter, and it seems to work with the free version of avast!
Just throwing that out there.  Thank you for the updates, less to worry about (just installed avast! on a freshly formatted computer yesterday when this malware warning notice popped onto the screen.)   Cheers!
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