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#1 tlhIn`toq  Icon User is offline

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Genuine Virus or AVG false positive

Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:11 AM

This started popping up yesterday. Probably after an AVG update.

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Of course I checked AVG's site right off. But it doesn't show up in their explanations even though they caught it.

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So after some Googling it seems this is more about the potential for a link to be a problem than the actual detection of a problem.

These links *I* made, and are for Windows to directly access FTP sites and include username and password in correct format:

ftp://{username}:{password}@{websiteURL}/{directory}


I made a couple more new links to dummy sites just to see what AVG would do, and it instantly flagged them as infected.

Scans of all my drives with 3 other tools show them all to be clean. So I'm enchained to consider it AVG being overly cautious. Has anyone else seen this, familiar with it, have any advice or warning?

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Re: Genuine Virus or AVG false positive

Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:50 AM

I think it's just AVG being overly cautious. It may have something to do with the FTP protocol, though.
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Re: Genuine Virus or AVG false positive

Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:15 AM

Why not use Microsoft Security Essentials? It's free and much, much better than AVG stuff.
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Re: Genuine Virus or AVG false positive

Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:19 AM

I have known AVG to be over cautious. Like said Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft did okay this time around.
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Re: Genuine Virus or AVG false positive

Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:32 PM

I've never been a fan of AVG, as most machines that come in for a virus cleaning are running AVG. I would recommend running a scan from a 2nd anti-virus.
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Re: Genuine Virus or AVG false positive

Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:40 PM

What KIND of FTP sites are these?....
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Do you have a Linux Live CD with Avast that you could use to scan the drive?

(I've never done that before, but I heard that it's possible)
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