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Old 10-30-2017, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Who watches the watchmen?

Avast ... you know, the big anti-malware outfit? ... has managed to infect users with malware that Avast itself distributed.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/18/av...d-2-27m-users/

Suboptimally reputation-enhancing, that one.

   
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:40 PM   #2
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Yes, they bought Piriform source of many good free programs including CCleaner that I've used for years and ..... CCleaner somehow was infected with malware -- my Norton flagged and removed the whole application which puzzled me at first -- but it's only active if you are using the 32bit version and on my desktop I'm using that, not 64bit.

Plenty about it in the Norton Forums' Tech Outpost.

AVAST claim it's clean now and also that there were no signs that this was a hack by former CCleaner staff!

   
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:51 PM   #3
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It would be interesting to know who hacked CCleaner.

At least Avast!, which I use on both laptop and phone, was quick to put things right.

   
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Old 10-31-2017, 12:20 PM   #4
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Points to Avast for that, indeed.

   
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Old 10-31-2017, 01:16 PM   #5
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Quote:
steve: has managed to infect users with malware that Avast itself distributed.
Yeah...that was a few weeks ago...


Just another reason not to autoupdate...'-}}



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Old 11-01-2017, 05:44 PM   #6
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>> Just another reason not to autoupdate...'-}}

And in other news, several other recent OMG!WE'RE!ALL!GONNA!DIE! notices about cracks'n'hacks'n'badware go on for pages about all the mischief, then mention at the bottom of the page "... Apple and Windows have already been patched against this attack."

Win some, lose some.

   
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Sometimes that attention-grabbing headline seems to extend throughout the entire article. Except for the very last sentence.

   
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A whale of clickbait with a minnow on the hook for tonight's dinner.

   
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