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Fake Avast! Update Pop-ups


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#1 VoidX789

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:49 AM

http://blog.avast.com/2010/04/01/misdirect...the-internet-2/

I have also had popups on my computer tell me that it was time to update Avast!, telling me that my version was obsolete. These popups are fake, and can show up on a clean computer, so long as it is running Avast!. I will post images and links to more info if i find any of the above.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:56 AM

http://blog.avast.com/2010/03/01/get-avast...otkit-for-free/

More info. Apparently the fakes contain the Alureon Rootkit.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:46 PM

http://blog.avast.com/2010/04/01/misdirect...the-internet-2/

I have also had popups on my computer tell me that it was time to update Avast!, telling me that my version was obsolete. These popups are fake, and can show up on a clean computer, so long as it is running Avast!. I will post images and links to more info if i find any of the above.


This is one reason I turn off ALL automatic updates. The only one I keep on is WinDOZE, I set to "notify me but don't dl or install" If I get any prompts to "update now" or "install update now" or "upgrade now" etc.. I know they're fake. Set up a regular schedule to update AV & ASW progs manually & use an update checker. I use FileHippo's UDC & Secunia PSI.

Edited by Union_Thug, 11 July 2010 - 12:48 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 10:17 PM

Oh shoot! Great! This could mean that Gordon College will get screwed if they don't watch out. That is the college that I happen to go to, and from being a student there for two semesters now, I know that they nearly worship Avast so much so that I've seen it where they uninstall other student's antivirus programs and replace them with Avast in some situations. How many there will be effected? Only God knows.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:25 AM

The Alureon rootkit is nasty!
It nailed me a year ago, redirecting all my searches. :thumbsup:
It infected my iastor.sys driver and atapi.sys driver!
It apparently came bundled with the rogue av Security Essentials 2010
which I managed to manually get rid of, but it left traces of TDL3
which managed to hide from Norton using its hidden partition
and by infecting drivers which Norton thought were not infected.

1 piece of advice:Never believe popups that say you are infected or need
to update your AV.




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