AVG identifies Adobe Flash as malicious

By Justin Mann on November 14, 2008, 2:15 PM
AVG isn't doing well with the false positives these days. Just a few short days after crippling non-english versions of Windows XP with a botched update, the company now has another problem. The latest update of their suite is now flagging the nearly ubiquitous Adobe Flash as a malicious trojan.

The suite of course gives people the choice about whether or not to remove Flash, and at least in this most recent instance it is not a mission-critical file that disables the system that has been misidentified. Still, false positives are something that not only prevent people from trusting their A/V suite, but hinder people's ability to properly react to a problem when a real one exists.

AVG recently identified a software firewall suite, ZoneAlarm, as malicious as well, putting some serious doubts into the company's QA. The company has made a public statement that they are implementing systems to prevent these false positives from continuing to pop up.

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camuss15 said:
Early this year, I switched to Avast Antivirus, and I like it much better than AVG, which I used for years. Luckily, I never had any problems similar to the ones popping up recently when I used AVG.
pbitton said:
AVG issued a replacement update within 3 hours.Official statement: "The company continues to institute new and increasingly rigorous quality-assurance standards to ensure that any potential vulnerabilities in future product updates are identified and eliminated before they can impact users."
DarkCobra said:
It's too bad that AVG is having some "issues" lately on a number of things. However, as "pbitton" stated they are fixing them right away which is good sign. I also agree with "camuss15" that Avast is also an excellent alternative to AVG. They're both free and I like both. I have AVG on my desktop and Avast on two laptops. All running great. I'll never go back to things like Norton which literally take over the entire operating system and has a mind of it's own. AVG and Avast run smoothly out of the way with few resources lost and do their job well.
nunjabusiness said:
I have to agree with AVG's earlier assessment:ZoneAlarm is malicious, IMHO. I try to convince everyone I know to get that crap off their system. I actually like AVG's firewall, extremely configurable if you know what you are doing - but easy to use if you don't. And Comodo wins a lot of accolades for theirs (free forever, they say.)I much prefer the occasional false positive to Symantec's of McAfee's absolute failure to prevent against some fairly low-level threats (personal experience unfortunately) and their incredible system overhead. And Grisoft is extremely responsive.
mrschimpf said:
I haven't had any problems with AVG until this month. There have been 5-6 false positives on my computer over the last month for programs which should never trigger a virus warning. It said that the Windows calculator was dangerous and advised me to delete it, which is just crazy, along with some system files I would never delete. I've been trialing NOD32 on my new laptop, and I'm ready to buy two licenses to have an AV which doesn't give me so many false positives.
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