My Virus protection is now my virus

Moderator: Littlabit

User avatar
Meso
Whee!
Posts: 1079
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:02 pm

My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Meso » Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:24 am

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):

virus.jpg
virus.jpg (105.51 KiB) Viewed 2768 times


I knew there was a reason I hated Germans.

User avatar
Glauri
Whee!
Posts: 2089
Joined: Fri May 29, 2009 7:15 am
Location: TEXAS!

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Glauri » Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:29 am

Wow! A single instance maybe...but FOUR? That's just plain rude!

User avatar
Zahashah
Whee!
Posts: 774
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:31 am
Location: The Siskiyou Mts of Southern Oregon
Contact:

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Zahashah » Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:06 am

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.
Image
"It is good to have an end to journey towards:
but it is the journey that matters in the end." ~Ursula K Le Guin

Goofydoofy
Ride a cowboy, save a horse
Posts: 4649
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 7:33 pm
Location: Bullhead City, AZ, USA
Contact:

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Goofydoofy » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:24 am

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.
Level 105 Druid, Level 105 Enchanter, Level 105 Paladin
Drinal - Maelin Starpyre Server

User avatar
Zahashah
Whee!
Posts: 774
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:31 am
Location: The Siskiyou Mts of Southern Oregon
Contact:

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Zahashah » Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:21 pm

"There is nothing quite so graceful and majestic as a goat eating an apple." - Kelly Boyd

PhotoByKellyBoyd.jpg
PhotoByKellyBoyd.jpg (137.7 KiB) Viewed 2738 times
Image
"It is good to have an end to journey towards:
but it is the journey that matters in the end." ~Ursula K Le Guin

Goofydoofy
Ride a cowboy, save a horse
Posts: 4649
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 7:33 pm
Location: Bullhead City, AZ, USA
Contact:

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Goofydoofy » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:01 am

I'd hit that.
Level 105 Druid, Level 105 Enchanter, Level 105 Paladin
Drinal - Maelin Starpyre Server

Serano
Whee!
Posts: 94
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:12 pm

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Serano » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:28 am

I still use AVG. seems to still be legit.

User avatar
Mattmarr
Whee!
Posts: 369
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:28 am
Location: Illinois

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Mattmarr » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:27 am

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!
Image

User avatar
Zahashah
Whee!
Posts: 774
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:31 am
Location: The Siskiyou Mts of Southern Oregon
Contact:

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Zahashah » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:33 pm

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
Image
"It is good to have an end to journey towards:
but it is the journey that matters in the end." ~Ursula K Le Guin

User avatar
Tandt
Whee!
Posts: 689
Joined: Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:38 pm
Location: Usually staring at corpse, waiting on a res

Re: My Virus protection is now my virus

Postby Tandt » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:24 am

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.
Image
Tandt Dmight
105 Warrior
:rr:
Its not big hair, Its my Helmet!

Boss mobs dont kill people, Clerics kill people!!