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My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:24 am
by Meso
I've been using Avira antivirus product for years. It has been a free a German Shareware product currently it seems trying to go full commercial.
I've continued to use it because it did a great job protecting my systems.

Lately they have a popup pushing to purchase the commercial version of their product. The popup has always been there, just not as often and not as annoying, and never destructive . . . until now.
I've often joked that antivirus companies create the viruses to justify their product.

It's TRUE.

A week ago I got home and my wife wanted me to print a one page document. Word was running and my bazaar mule was on in EQ, but the computer was lagging like crazy.
I pulled up the task manager and my CPU was being hammered at 100%. There were 16 copies of the popup program (IMPGUI.exe) each pushing more than 5% on the CPU. I deleted them all. Could not delete the program. So I went to the web for suggestions, tried and failed.
One said use the virus software itself to tag them as suspicious software and send them to quarantine - failed.
Another suggested to block them thru administrator settings - fail.

This morning I pulled up the task manager (after deleting two copies of it yesterday):

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I knew there was a reason I hated Germans.

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:29 am
by Glauri
Wow! A single instance maybe...but FOUR? That's just plain rude!

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:06 am
by Zahashah
Gloompaw turned me on to Avast freeware.
I downloaded mine from www.majorgeeks.com and love it!
I keep it on auto update and have had no problems running EQ with it.

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:24 am
by Goofydoofy
Welcome to freeware and shareware. I just use Microsoft Security Essentials. Even the shit you buy is really useless unless it's the most obvious of trouble spots. The best anti-virus is your knowledge on how viruses spread and get on your computer. Don't do stupid shit and leave yourself open for attack and your safe.

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:21 pm
by Zahashah
"There is nothing quite so graceful and majestic as a goat eating an apple." - Kelly Boyd

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Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:01 am
by Goofydoofy
I'd hit that.

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:28 am
by Serano
I still use AVG. seems to still be legit.

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:27 am
by Mattmarr
I've used Avast! for a few years now and haven't had any problems.

http://www.avast.com/en-us/index

Always download from the real website instead of a secondhand one when possible Zah!

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:33 pm
by Zahashah
Major Geeks keeps their website clean of malware and viruses.
Once you find a product from their site that you want they will direct to the developers page for downloading.
They also often have a download or two from their site which is safe and maybe a foreign country one too. Avast

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:24 am
by Tandt
Major Geeks tries to keep their sight clean. I, my self have downloaded a file that was infected from them, Nothing is totally safe now days.