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Avg 8 Auto Delete False Positives


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#1 trindflo

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 02:11 PM

I recently installed AVG 8.0 free prior to the 7.5 product being discontinued.

It found a false positive inside an archive and decided to delete the file.
Since the file was within an archive, AVG apparently decided to delete the archive.
And I guess the archive was too large as it has been completely deleted (not moved to the vault).

The offending (false positive) file was an OS/2 library to allow UNIX compatibility (emx: omflib.a)

I recommend when installing this software that you change the settings to disallow scanning inside archives and automatic file deletion.

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#2 extremeboy

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 07:01 PM

Thanks for telling us that trindflo.
Also Avg 8.0's warnings usually are false postitves too. AVG 8.0 has some difficulties "getting along" with Spywareblaster and Spybot's Immunize feature. Just wanted to point that out.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 02:28 AM

I recommend when installing this software that you change the settings to disallow scanning inside archives and automatic file deletion.

I'd say that with ANY security software, it's wise not to permit automatic file deletion. Any detection by any antivirus or antispyware program should be investigated thoroughly before deleting it - or even before quarantining it. If it's a false positive, and a crucial file is deleted wrongly, you could find your security program doing as much damage as the malware it's designed to protect you from.
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