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Thursday, 30 September 2010

AVG Free 10, aka 2011, is out now

The latest major version of AVG Free is out now. You can download it here.

To upgrade to this new version, you have to download the file (at the link above), and run it (you can't get this new upgrade through the automatic update process in AVG Free 9). You will have to chose either the 32bit version (Most of you running Windows XP or Vista will choose this), or the 64bit version (most of you running Windows 7, and some running Vista, and the odd few running Windows XP will choose this).

CNET - AVG banks on better performance

Once you have downloaded the new installation file (see above)
  • Run the file
  • Accept
  • Next
  • Custom Install, and UNcheck the gadget installation (on the right side of the window - this doesn't appear in Windows XP, only for Vista and Windows 7), Next
  • Uncheck Additional installed languages, (if you have MS Office installed, scroll to the bottom and check MS Office plugin), Next
  • Uncheck Set Yahoo..., Uncheck Install the AVG Security Toolbar, Next
  • ...
  • yes to reboot
  • (after reboot, it will finish installing)
  • UNcheck I agree to participate ... and click Finish
  • (then it will open and automatically begin updating)

  • If, after a few minutes, you get an Analysis pop-up, you can ignore it. This will run the next time a scheduled scan runs.

  • Things to check:
  • Scan Options - Managed Scheduled Scans, Edit scan schedule.
  • - Run at a specific time. Select a day of the week and time. Under Advanced Schedule, check Run on
  • computer startup if ...
Also: to enable it to automatically scan removable devices, open AVG, click on Tools, Advanced Settings, click the + beside Scans.
Click on Removable Device Scan.
Check off Enable Removable device scan, Automatically heal/remove infections, and move the slider under Adjust how quickly Scan completes all the way to the right.
Apply, OK and close the AVG window.

Advanced Users
  • To get rid of the advertisement (notification that drops down if you open up AVG)
  • Go into Program Files\AVG\AVG10\
  • Rename the following files by adding
  • .bak
  • to the end of each file name (after whatever extension is there in the name)
  • avg_us.mht
  • avgmwdef_us.mht
  • avgresf.dll
  • avgsals_us.mht
  • avgsbfree_us.mht
  • avgtrial_us.mht
Note: sometimes after updates to the program, it will re-introduce these files (so you may need to go back in and name the new batch of these files to remove the ad/notice).

Friday, 10 September 2010

"Here You Have" virus

McAfee: New Worm Eats Your AV Software | Maximum PC
Watch  out for the new one. Don't click on unknown links in emails.

The worm is spread by email with a link to a seemingly innocent PDF
file or raunchy WMV download, though users who click will get much more
than they bargained for.

"When a user chooses to manually follow the hyperlink, they will be
prompted to download or execute the virus," McAfee warns. "When run, the
virus installs itself to the Windows directory as CSRSS.EXE (not to be
confused with the valid CSRSS.EXE file within the Windows System
directory). Once infected the worm attempts to send the aforementioned
message to email address book recipients."

McAfee says it can also be spread through accessible remote machines,
mapped drives, and removable media through Autorun replication. Once
infected, the virus attempts to cripple and delete security services,
including popular AV software like AntiVir, Avast, AVG, McAfee, Panda,
and a whole bunch of others.

Keep your antivirus program up to date as well as the definitions. And old antivirus program with recent definitions won't do the job.