AVG addresses fake traffic issues

By on July 7, 2008, 1:22 PM
AVG has faced a great deal of criticism over the past few weeks, with a new feature in version 8.0 of the company’s antivirus package causing loads of fake traffic and increased bandwidth costs for some webmasters. Specifically, the LinkScanner component analyzed pages returned by search engines before a user even clicked on them, looking for potentially dangerous malware.

A good idea on the surface, though in practice it turned out to be the exact opposite. Not only LinkScanner caused massive fake traffic spikes, it also disguised itself as IE6 – making it difficult to filter AVG scans from legitimate visitor traffic in their logs. AVG has finally responded to the concerns and fixed the problem, though. According to a posting on their website, they have released a patch to prevent the software from scanning unvisited websites, instead doing so only after users click on them.

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bishoplord said:
I always knew there was something up when AVG upgraded to v8.0 from 7. It just seemed weird that you had to uninstall 7 first. I'm glad I switched to another product after the upgrade came out.
phantasm66 said:
Sorry but this whole tale is sounding dodgier and dodgier...Why does it put me in mind of the whole Sony Rootkit thing??Any road, when folks start resorting to disguising traffic and installing dodgy things on your machine its time to never use that company's stuff again, IMHO.AVG, I liked your stuff once but now you have become bloatware, cheeky nonsense that does things I don't want you to do, and you have no right to do. I will not be installing you again.
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