I hate AV

December 2, 2010

Here is the thing, I hate AV! It makes your computer take longer to load, slower to operate and offers only minor protection. Think about it? How many times has someone had Norton/McAfee/Trend installed and suddenly still “WIN ANTI VIRUS 2012 ” pop up on the machine. They simply cannot protect all avenues of software. ‘

Anyhow, I reached a point a few years back where Norton had locked my machine up. I threw my hands up and gave not used AV since. I once and a while scan my machine. With the exception of cookies, never found a thing. I questions it’s point at this point in the game. Especially considering the major sources of malware being Flaws in QuicktTime, Flash, Firefox etc. The AV software would need to have a jailing mechanism for these third party apps. Which they don’t. So it can’t help against a major inroad of viruses.

Anyhow, maybe I should always use an underdog operating system? Smaller desire to attack it?

Anyhow, here is an email I received from the company the makes our remote access software, Kaseya.

Dear Partners,

It has been reported that some machines are unable to boot after the last AVG 2011 update version 3292. We recommend NOT REBOOTING/SHUTTING DOWN the Machines which have AVG 2011 installed on them.

More information is available in the FAQ’s below:

AVG Corporate web – http://www.avg.com/faq?num=4079
AVG Free web – http://free.avg.com/faq?num=4080

Please note that both AVG Pro and AVG Free can be impacted. Older AVG versions (9.0, 8.5) are not affected.

The situation has been caused by an incorrect CTF file used during the update (AVG 9.0 core has been offered to AVG 2011 clients).

AVG is currently working on a solution (utility) for all affected users, both those who have not restarted their computer yet and also those who were already affected by the BSOD.

The FAQ’s will be updated as soon as the utilities are ready.

Please do not contact Zenith Support team if the desktops are unable to boot. Follow the steps mentioned in the FAQ or contact AVG Support team.