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Malicious URL Blocked pop up by Avast seems to be an issue these days with many who are using Avast. Most online forums are flooded with questions regarding this mysterious pop up. Is this is a virus or a false positive alarm by Avast? An Avast glitch? If it is virus why is this not being detected by any of the antivirus/anti malware programs? Why is Avast so quiet about this?
Edit: Moved topic from Breaking Virus & Security News to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
It is a large file so it may take some time to download.
Be sure to read and follow the instructions on that same page for installing and performing a scan.
If anything threats are detected, they will show in the Scan Results with an option to click a Details... button for more information.
Click on the Start clean up button to allow removal of all threats found and reboot the computer when done.
A log file should have been created...copy and paste the results in your next reply.
Logs are automatically saved to the following locations: -- XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Application Data\Sophos\Sophos Virus Removal Tool\Logs\SophosVirusRemovalTool.log -- Vista, Windows 7, 2008: C:\Program Data\Sophos\Sophos Virus Removal Tool\Logs\SophosVirusRemovalTool.log
Important!! When you save the mbam-setup file, rename it to something random (such as 123abc.exe) before beginning the download.
Double-click on the renamed file to install, then follow these instructions for doing a Quick Scan in normal mode.
Don't forget to check for database definition updates through the program's interface (preferable method) before scanning.
If you cannot update Malwarebytes or use the Internet to download any files to the infected computer, manually update the database by following the instructions in FAQ Section A: 4. Issues.
Malwarebytes may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
After the scan, make sure that everything is checked and then click the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware.
When done, a log report will open in Notepad.
The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab .
Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows the database version and your operating system.
Exit Malwarebytes when done.
If Malwarebytes encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally will prevent Malwarebytes from removing all the malware.
Note: A 14-day trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO is available as an option when first installing the free version so all users can test the real-time protection component for a period of two weeks. When the limited time period expires those features will be deactivated and locked. Enabling the Protection Module feature again requires registration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. If you continue to use the free version, there is no requirement to buy a license...you can just use it as a stand-alone scanner.
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Thanks for replying. I don't face this problem anymore. When I had this issue nothing could detect it- Spent almost 3 weeks trying to find a solution. Sought help from malware experts. I posted this question here because I wish to know whether any one could figure what this was all about. Many seem to be facing this issue. If this is indeed a virus, it is a clever one because it doesn’t kill the host. It stays with the host!