AVG anti-virus mistakes Windows system file for a Trojan

By bobcat
Mar 16, 2013
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  1. On Thursday morning, the protection programs of AVG incorrectly identified the Windows system file wintrust.dll as a Trojan of type "Generic32.FJU". Under certain circumstances, the virus hunting software has also labelled programs as malware if they attempted to access the supposed Trojan DLL.

    Users who deleted the file could not boot their computers any more.

    http://www.h-online.com/security/ne...Windows-system-file-for-a-trojan-1823171.html

    Though the problem was fixed by an update, this is not the first time that AVG cripples the system by mistake. My opinion is that those who want a good free antivirus, would do better to get AVIRA or AVAST.
    learninmypc and cliffordcooley like this.
  2. Dat1Gamer

    Dat1Gamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 135

    I use none dont trust any I only trust my proxys and firewalls
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,168   +229

    I've removed AVG from alot of pc's & put Avast on & no problems. Some people say AVG means Aint Very Good. :D
    JC713 likes this.
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,799   +882

    I use MSE, so be it that it failed some tests, it is still a great lightweight antivirus that detects the worst viruses (maybe not less severe ones), but I am cautious and aware about what I download.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,168   +229

    I've used MSE & liked it, but removed it due to a lack of knowledge. IF/when Avast messes up, I'd go back to MSE before any other AV.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,809   +1,431

    MSE is the one I am using and if I chose another it would be Avast.
  7. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,799   +882

    I tried using Avast, never liked it. I love how MSE is so lightweight and doesnt get in the way.
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,168   +229

  9. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,550   +18

    MSE is lightweight and easy. It was my tool of choice for well over a year.
    Lately it has slipped in the ranks, failing some standard tests.
    Previously I liked Avira, but their nags became too annoying.
    If you make a free product, don't aggravate people with nags, (that is my opinion).

    I have issues with Trend Micro,
    not least of which is its unfriendly-ness
    to some of the best anti-malware professionals around,
    including Old-Timer.
    (Ask some of them what this is about and they will explain).

    That being said...
    I have found Trend Micro to be a top notch product in terms of the protection it provides,
    even alerting me when a website I regularly visit
    (and which NEVER should have malware)
    had become hacked and malicious code was present.
    BUT... if Trend Micro is not pre-installed, then it is a product you pay for...
    Most malware removal specialists will counsel using an on-line scanner as a semi-regular double-check.
    Panda and others offer these services for free.
    So... MSE plus Panda (or... Kaspersky, etc) should be a good way to go for most people.

    Practice safe browsing and your risks go down,
    but malware is now targeting sites that used to be considered safe.
  10. Dat1Gamer

    Dat1Gamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 135

  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,168   +229

    So what do you do when you get infected?
     
  12. Dat1Gamer

    Dat1Gamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 135

    Mostly just downloading mods for my Ps3
  13. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,799   +882

    watch out with mods... those are very dangerous when it comes to malware. I once tried to download a gold camo hack/mod for MW3, ended up with a Trojan, luckily MSE found it on the spot. On the other hand, I downloaded mods for Supreme Commander 2 and I was fine.
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,168   +229

    I'd never go online w/o out proper pertection, regardless.


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