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Avira Anti-Virus Detects Itself 142

ddfall writes "After a recent update, Avira's anti-virus software reports its own AESCRIPT.DLL file as a trojan or spyware. From the article: 'The dodgy AntiVir virus definition file was quickly pulled and replaced with a new version – 7.11.16.146 – that resolves the problem, as explained in an official post on Avira's support forum.'"
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Avira Anti-Virus Detects Itself

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  • by Nanosphere ( 1867972 ) on Thursday October 27, 2011 @02:45PM (#37859482)
    It has become self aware?
  • by jhoegl ( 638955 ) on Thursday October 27, 2011 @02:51PM (#37859566)
    90s? It is still happening....

    If Norton software gets corrupted, your computer gets possessed. It is like a Norton Ghost of some sort.
  • Avira (Score:5, Funny)

    by war4peace ( 1628283 ) on Thursday October 27, 2011 @03:08PM (#37859796)

    Avira has this bad habit of detecting some files as malware (e.g. scene game cracks) although they don't exhibit infection. I personally submitted a few of these files to Avira for review and they confirmed no infection is found, but it's an "illegal" modification of a legit file so it stays as flagged for warnings in their VDTs.
    Now I'm not a conspiracy theorist but this reeks of shady deals to "reduce" piracy.
    I should change my Avira Free antivirus but I'm too lazy to go through a couple restarts and installing something else. Maybe Avast, which I gave up because it had this voice update notification enabled by default and scared me to death one night by yelling at me "VIRUS DEFINITIONS HAVE BEEN UPDATED!".
    Also, they don't understand that "Always Ignore" should NOT mean "Ignore for the duration of THIS session only".

  • by lavagolemking ( 1352431 ) on Thursday October 27, 2011 @03:12PM (#37859856)
    Avira saw part of a program (called "Avira") that bombards the user with pop-ups, scaring them, and asking for money every year. It acted accordingly. The only shocking thing here is that it actually worked.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato

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