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AVG on Heartbleed: It's dangerous to go alone. Take this (an AVG tool)

It's the bug that keeps on bleeding. Thousands of websites are still vulnerable to Heartbleed more than a month after a patch for the password-leaking OpenSSL bug was released, we're told. Researchers at AVG’s Virus Labs said they scanned Alexa's league table of the top 800,000 sites in the world, and found 12,043 (1.5 per cent …
John Leyden, 20 May 2014

AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

Security software firm AVG net income has fallen from $24.7m in Q2 2013 to $13.7mn in Q2 2014, according to financial results out Wednesday. The profits slide is explained by the slip in revenue from $100.4m in Q2 2013 to $88m in the three months running up to 30 June 2014. AVG responded to the results by revising its outlook …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2014
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AVG killing LiveKive cloud storage service

Mere weeks after pulling the pin on its Crossloop remote access service, AVG has let users of its LiveKive cloud storage service know that it is destined for the Knacker's yard too. LiveKive launched in 2011 offering a sync 'n' share service with a small twist: the free 5GB plan was a 30-day trial and there was an unlimited tier …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014
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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

The US Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has warned users about software download sites' practice of including unasked-for downloads, after one such program - AVG's Secure Search toolbar - was found to be insecure. Known as "bloatware" or "foistware", unasked-for software is bundled into to the installation wrappers used …
Darren Pauli, 08 Jul 2014
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Another one bites the dust: AVG kills its remote access service

AVG has shut down its remote access service Crossloop. The security company acquired Crossloop in 2012, to support what it says is a “ rapidly growing AVG CloudCare offering”. Despite the @crossloop Twitter account boasting it connected “ 20,000 computer support experts” AVG shuttered the service last Friday. Users aren't happy …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2014
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AVG: We need laws to stop biz from tracking our kids

The antivirus giant AVG will today call for legislative action to prevent data-grabbers from spying on children. Yuval Ben-Itzhak, the antivirus firm's chief technical officer, will speak at the Child Internet Safety Summit to call for limits on data-gathering on children's devices. AVG is well known for its antivirus software …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jul 2014
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AVG, Avira and WhatsApp pwned by hacktivists' DNS hijack

The websites of freebie antivirus vendors AVG and Avira as well as mobile messaging service WhatsApp appear to have been hit by a DNS redirection attack today which sent users to pro-Palestinian websites. A team of hacktivists calling themselves KDMS have claimed credit for the hacks. Visitors to avg.com were greeted by a …
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013

AVG buys remote monitoring player LPI Level Platforms

Security biz AVG has put its hand in its pocket to buy remote monitoring and management (RMM) software player LPI Level Platforms as it tries to appeal to a wider bunch of channel firms. AVG shifted all its wares into the cloud late autumn and to date has signed up just 1,500 of the 5,000 channel partners it has in the UK and …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013
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AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware

A new cross-platform security product that covers desktops, smartphones and tablets is likely to be a key area of development for desktop freebie virus-scanner firm AVG during 2013. AVG is best known for its free anti-virus scanner for Windows PCs, but over the years it has broadened its range to include more functional PC …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013
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AVG holds first Partner Advisory Council in Blighty

Small biz security specialist AVG has run its first Partner Advisory Council (PAC) in the UK after admitting it needs to brush up on channel comms, particularly in light of partners who are moving exclusively to the cloud. The inaugural event was held last week for six channel partners including Vivid Clouds, Pro-Logic, …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2013
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AVG kicks out new touchy-feely UI to grab smartphone-fondlers

AVG launched a revamped range of its security products on Thursday that it said offered faster scanning and support for the latest touchscreen Windows 8 devices through an updated user interface. The 2013 vintage of AVG includes new versions of AVG’s consumer products, such as AVG AntiVirus Free, as well as paid-for security …
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2012
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AVG nukes stalking ads at press of BIG SHINY BUTTON

AVG is adding active “Do Not Track” technology to its security suites in a move designed to give consumers more control over their online privacy. AVG's new Do Not Track icon lets users keep an eye on stalkers... (click to enlarge) The technology – available as a free service pack to AVG's free and paid-for consumer …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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Horror AVG update ballsup bricks Windows 7

An update from AVG on Wednesday night rendered 64 bit Windows 7 systems unstable after it was applied. Several Register readers have been affected by the problem, which leaves machines in a continuous reboot loop. AVG has pulled the problem update (3292) and published an advisory apologising for the cock-up and providing …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2010
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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

Comment A disk's areal density varies according to where you look on a platter. This writer had thought it was constant cross a platter but, wouldn't you know it, it's not. The data recording technology can provide a uniformly dense layer of potential bits across a disk platter's surface but differing track lengths and radii, and head: …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2014
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AVG snaps up DroidSecurity

AVG, the security firm best known to its freebie security scanner software for consumers, has announced plans to buy mobile security firm DroidSecurity. The deal, announced Wednesday, is valued at up to $9.4m. DroidSecurity specialises in providing security software for smartphones, tablets and other devices running Google’s …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2010
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AVG update gags iTunes

A dodgy AVG update over the weekend left users with crippled iTunes installations. The faulty signature update meant iTunes.dll and iTunesRegistry.dll library files were falsely labelled as infected with the Small-BOG virus, and consigned into quarantine. As a result, AVG both prevented iTunes from working and the re- …
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2009
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AVG slaps Trojan label on core Windows file

Some users of AVG were left with unusable Windows systems after the popular AVG security scanner software slapped a Trojan warning on a core Windows component. AVG tagged user32.dll as a banking Trojan following a signature update issued on Sunday, advising users to delete the "harmful file". Users following this advice would be …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2008
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Speculation mounts over AVG plans for OS X client

AVG bosses aren't saying much, but there's new evidence the anti-virus maker is seriously considering building an application for the Mac. A job posting on the company's website seeks a senior software developer who is familiar with the OS X platform. Responsibilities for the full-time position include the following: adjusting …
Dan Goodin, 02 Jul 2009
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AVG goes toe to toe with MS in consumer security fight

Update AVG is putting an emphasis on increased speed with a revamp of its free and paid for security suites. The latest revamp - AVG 9.0 - boasts 50 per cent faster speed and increased ease of use. Improvements in speed have been achieved by skipping the scan of files already marked as safe in future scans unless the file structure …
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2009
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AVG update nails down stability bugs

AVG has published an engine upgrade to its popular anti-virus scanning software that addresses a raft of stability bugs. The update, published Tuesday, addresses a bug that means the scanner is liable to crash when scanning malformed UPX compressed executable files. More significantly version 8.0.156 of the software fixes …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2008
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AVG tags ZoneAlarm as Trojan

A dodgy anti-virus update from AVG wrongly flagged up the popular ZoneAlarm firewall as a Trojan on Tuesday. The mis-firing AVG definition file tagged components of ZoneAlarm as infected with the Agent_r.CX Trojan horse and quarantined important files. As a result users running the popular antivirus package alongside security …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2008
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AVG slaps Trojan label on Adobe Flash

AVG, the popular anti-virus package, has falsely identified Adobe Flash as potentially malicious. The snafu comes just days after AVG slapped a bogus Trojan warning on a core Windows component. Users on AVG forums complained on Friday that Adobe Flash was detected by AVG's scanner as malicious, following a recent update. The …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2008
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AVG snaps up behaviour-based threat detection firm

AVG, the net security firm best known for its free-of-charge anti-virus tool, has bought anti-ID theft software firm Sana Security. Financial terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed. In a statement, the firms said that Sana’s behavioural threat detection will dovetail with AVG’s signature and heuristic-based …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2009
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Lumpy milk and exploding yoghurt? Your fridge could be riddled with MALWARE

Antivirus guru AVG is preparing for a future where even fridges and freezers are targeted by malware, the firm's chief operating officer has said. In an interview with El Reg, John Giamatteo said AVG was keeping an open mind about where the next big malware threats were going to come from. It has already shifted its focus from …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Aug 2013
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AVG revamps free security scanner

AVG Technologies plans to release a revamped version of its popular, free anti-malware scanner on Thursday. Version 8.0 of the software will add anti-spyware and safe search features to its core anti-virus engine. Safe surfing features, that give users warnings about visiting insecure websites all the time not just when they …
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2008

IEEE expands malware initiatives

Standards body the IEEE has launched two new anti-malware initiatives designed to help software and security vendors spot malware that's been inserted into other software, and improve the performance of malware detection by cutting down on false positives. The organisation's Anti-Malware Support Service (AMSS) is designed to …
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AVG chokes fake traffic spew

Updated After howls of protest from countless web masters, AVG has promised to quit spewing fake traffic across the internet. Earlier this year, the Czech-headquartered security company paired its new anti-virus engine, AVG 8, with a real-time malware scanner that vets search engine results before you even click on them. If you search …
Cade Metz, 07 Jul 2008
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AVG finally bothers with behaviour-based defences

AVG has belatedly introduced behaviour-based anti-malware protection to its line of paid-for security products. AVG Internet Security 8.5, released on Monday, adds behaviour-based security technology to existing pattern-based detection. The technology comes from the recent acquisition of Sana Security. Sana's technology will …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2009
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iiNet cans cloud security and storage services

iiNet has, of late, signalled an intention to build on its reputation as a carrier by offering subscription services. Yet the internet service provider yesterday cancelled two such services, namely the security-as-a-service “Protection Pack”. The protection pack was a $AUD9.99 a month service that baked malware scanning and …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
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AVG fake traffic spares Google AdWords

Yes, AVG's LinkScanner is spewing fake traffic across the internet, messing with the log files and bandwidth budgets of web sites large and small. But there's one thing it doesn't mess with: search engine paid clicks. Used by roughly 20 million people worldwide - and counting - AVG's new security tool scans search engine results …
Cade Metz, 19 Jun 2008
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AVG anti-virus stays free (true)

Users of a free version of GRISoft's AVG anti-virus software have begun receiving pop-up messages this week warning that their package would no longer be supported from 15 January. This prompted concerns among a number of Reg readers that GRISoft was ditching the free version of its security software. Actually, the firm is …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2006
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How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew

Updated As the AVG LinkScanner continues to spew fake traffic across the internet, web masters say they've uncovered a reliable means of filtering these rogue hits from their log files. Bundled with AVG's newest anti-virus engine, AVG 8, and used by roughly 20 million people worldwide, LinkScanner checks search engine results for …
Cade Metz, 02 Jul 2008

11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

A Trojan that promises RuneScape players gold but instead steals their passwords was developed by an 11-year-old, researchers claim. Antivirus biz AVG said it made the discovery after studying a piece of code masquerading as a cheat tool for the wizards'n'warriors online role-playing game. The malware asks victims for their …
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2013
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Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

Revelations of US spooks monitoring the internet have freaked out consumers so much that privacy protection software will be The Next Big Thing. That's according to antivirus firm AVG, which reckons the market for products that safeguard online freedoms will be huge. Siobhan MacDermott, chief policy officer at the company, said …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jul 2013
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AVG cries wolf at Adobe Reader

A faulty signature update from GRISoft published this week meant that its popular AVG anti-virus package falsely warned versions of Adobe Reader were infected with a Trojan. Reg reader Tulio received a false alarm that his system was infected by SHueur-JXW after he downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.09. GRISoft acknowledged …
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2007
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Web.com DNS hijack: How hacktivists went on a mass web joyride spree

Web.com has promised to beef up its security and hire more staff after hacktivists hijacked its DNS records and diverted visitors away from various websites. The websites for freebie antivirus firms AVG and Avira, computer security toolkit Metasploit, and mobile messaging outfit WhatsApp were all successfully targeted by a pro- …
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2013
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GRISOFT bolsters AVG with anti-malware purchase

GRISOFT, the firm behind AVG anti-virus, has acquired anti-malware firm Ewido Networks for an unspecified amount. The deal allows GRISOFT to add protection against spyware and adware to its existing line of antivirus and firewall products. AVG anti-virus, Czech Republic-based GRISOFT's most recognised brand, is available free …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2006

Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

Half of all the world's critical financial exchanges have suffered cyber attacks in the past year, a report has found. A joint investigation by the World Federation of Exchanges and‎ the International Organisation of Securities Commissions found that the attacks are increasingly aimed at destabilising markets, rather than making …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013
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AVG disguises fake traffic as IE6

Exclusive AVG has rejiggered the fake traffic it's spewing across the internet, causing new headaches for the world's webmasters. In late February, AVG paired its updated anti-virus engine with a real-time malware scanner that vets search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, this LinkScanner …
Cade Metz, 26 Jun 2008
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AVG scanner blasts internet with fake traffic

Exclusive Early last month, webmasters here at The Reg noticed an unexpected spike in our site traffic. Suddenly, we had far more readers than ever before, and they were reading at a record clip. Visits actually doubled on certain landing pages, and more than a few ho-hum stories attracted an audience worthy of a Pulitzer Prize winner. Or …
Cade Metz, 13 Jun 2008
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US Labor Dept website serving malware to innocent visitors

The US Department of Labor's website has been hacked and malicious code stuck behind the scenes, security tools firm AlienVault says. Since yesterday, the DoL site has been serving out malicious code that installs malware on unsuspecting users' computers, AlienVault's labs director Jaime Blasco told The Register. The DoL said …
Team Register, 01 May 2013
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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

Update Freebie anti-virus firm Avira has admitted its security software is not compatible with either Windows 8 or Windows 12 Server. The German firm issued an advisory on Friday admitting its products would not be compatible with Windows 8 until the first quarter of 2013 after users complained that attempting to run Avira's software …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2012
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China's internet security giant Qihoo planning global domination

Controversial Chinese software vendor Qihoo 360 has its eyes on world domination after controversial founder Zhou Hongyi told the local press he wants to turn the firm into the planet’s biggest web security biz. Qihoo made its name flogging free AV to bargain-seeking Chinese punters and has since gone on to build a successful …
Phil Muncaster, 06 May 2013
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VMware promises better security, considers scheduled patches

VMware is thinking about emitting security patches on a fixed schedule, instead of its current just-in-time regime. The virtualisation giant revealed its thinking in a post for VMware user group members, 1,700 of whom it surveyed for their thoughts on the company's security practices. The results found “an almost even split …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2013
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Avast buys Android thiefbuster developer

Antivirus scanner firm Avast has acquired mobile phone theft protection and recovery company ITAgents. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Thursday, were not disclosed. ITAgents specialises in technology for Android-powered smartphones. The Austrian firm's Theft Aware technology is particularly in demand because "normal …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2011
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Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

Antivirus tests that assess the effectiveness of security products from the moment users visit infected websites have exposed widely differing performances among the various anti-malware products. The unsponsored tests by Dennis Technology Labs, which were run over a three-month period, revealed that the efficacy of paid-for …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2012
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Facebook offers just a week of free Android AV

Facebook has extended its security program, adding another seven vendors to the list of folks offering free anti-virus software through its AV Marketplace and also including Android security products for the first time. But one of the Android malware zappers, McAfee’s Mobile Security, is free for just seven days, a far shorter …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2012
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Avira antivirus patched but still not fully Windows 8 ready

Avira has rolled out a patch that makes its popular freebie anti-virus software more compatible with Windows 8. Earlier this month the German firm admitted its products were not yet compatible with Windows 8 after users complained that attempting to run Avira's software on Microsoft's latest operating system results in the …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2012
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Malware and domain-squatters target Boston Marathon bombing

The scummier end of the online community has been quick to use Monday's bombing of the Boston Marathon as bait for multiple malware dispersals, plus a spot of old-fashioned online fraud along the way. Within 24 hours of the blasts, the ISC reported that 234 potentially fake domains have been registered featuring mention of the …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2013
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Sophos dangles free Android antivirus to tempt BYOD-friendly biz

Sophos has crafted a freebie antivirus app dubbed Sophos Mobile Security for Android-powered devices. The software tries to protect smartphones against malware, warns fandroids of privacy-invading programs and can lock down a gadget if it's lost or stolen, ideally without taxing either performance or battery life. The software, …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2012