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Question about avast! malware alert.

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#1 Korin


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:12 PM

What does this mean?


avast! saved your computer from crashing You just dodged a bullet

Good thing avast! had your back.


and the red pop-up for avast! - does this mean I got saved? Is it good thing if this happens?




EDIT: Moved To Antivirus ~~ boopme

Edited by boopme, 13 May 2013 - 04:15 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:09 PM

Hi -

It sounds like one of the avast! Shields have stopped some item prior to it entering your system

Were you browsing (on-line) at the time on a site that may have been suspect ??


As a non avast! user, I can only guess it is their normal reaction to a minor infection that was caught or prevented -


You could ask this at the avast! forum for a better idea of the message, or there may be some avast! users here that have seen this.


Thank You -

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:40 PM

avast! saved your computer from crashing...You just dodged a bullet...Good thing avast! had your back.

That warning is from avast! Newwork Shield indicating a malicious URL was blocked. With this particular detection, avast! also provides Infection details identifying the URL and process.

Be aware that even legitimate web sites and the ads they display can be a source of infection.

At least one in 10 web pages are booby-trapped with malware...The tricks include hacking into a web server to plant malware, or planting it within third-party widgets or advertising...

About eight out of every 10 Web browsers are vulnerable to attack by exploits...Even worse, about 30% of browser plug-ins are perpetually unpatched...

One in 10 web pages laced with malware

...Internet users are 21 times more likely to become infected by visiting a legitimate online shopping site than by visiting a site used for illegal file-sharing...The problem isn't in the sites themselves; it's in the ads...

Mainstream Websites More Likely to Harbor Malware
Every 3.6 seconds a website is infected

Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Hackers are also known to exploit Flash vulnerabilities which can lead to malware infection. When visiting a website that hosts an HTML page which requires a Flash script, users may encounter a malicious Flash redirector or malicious script specifically written to exploit a vulnerability in the Flash Interpreter which causes it to execute automatically in order to infect a computer.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:13 PM

Thanks, I will ask at the avast! forum. Also I use ad-block plus so ads won't give me viruses. Also the link that made it go alert, it was false postive.

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