Articles about avast

Man sets caged birds free

Merry Xmas, fellow code nerds: Avast open-sources decompiler

Malware hunting biz and nautical jargon Avast has released its machine-code decompiler RetDec as open source, in the hope of arming like-minded haters of bad bytes and other technically inclined sorts with better analytical tools. image of RetDec output As discussed as the recent Botconf 2017 in France earlier this month, …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Dec 2017
PHP, image via Shutterstock

Avast urges devs to secure toolchains after hacked build box led to CCleaner disaster

VB2017 Avast staffers spoke at the Virus Bulletin International Conference in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday to shed more light on their postmortem of the CCleaner fiasco – and urge developers to protect their software's toolchain and distribution systems from hackers. The widely used utility, which removes unwanted temporary files and …
John Leyden, 6 Oct 2017
Homer Simpson

CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

Cisco's security limb Talos has probed the malware-laden CCleaner utility that Avast so kindly gave to the world and has concluded its purpose was to create secondary attacks that attempted to penetrate top technology companies. Talos also thinks the malware may have succeeded in delivering a payload to some of those firms …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

Antivirus firm Avast has admitted inadvertently distributing a trojanised version of CCleaner, a popular PC tune-up tool, for nearly a month, infecting an estimated 2.27 million users. Cisco Talos discovered that servers distributing the program were leveraged to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. "For a period of time …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2017

Avast blocks the entire internet – again

Updated An Avast software update pushed out on Wednesday is preventing web access for at least some devices running the firm's freebie anti-malware software. Users affected by the problem have started threads (here and here among others) on Avast's support forum. El Reg learnt of the issue through reader Michael S. "Non tech savvy …
John Leyden, 11 May 2017

Avast woos AVG shareholders with $1.3bn buyout offer

Avast is offering to buy anti-virus rival AVG for $1.3bn. AVG shareholders are being offered $25.00 per share in cash, a 33 per cent mark-up on the closing share price on Wednesday. AVG, Avast and rival Avira are the three main players in the market for freebie anti-virus scanners for Windows. All make their money by offering …
John Leyden, 7 Jul 2016

F*cking DLL! Avast false positive trashes Windows code libraries

A misfiring signature update from anti-virus developer Avast triggered all sorts of problems on Wednesday. Avast acted promptly by withdrawing the definition update but not before numerous users had fallen foul of the problem. The withdrawn update incorrectly labelled various libraries (dlls) on Windows PCs as potentially …
John Leyden, 7 May 2015
Sad Android

Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

Card-game players are being warned about an Android app in Google's Play Store that reportedly slaps adverts all over your handheld. The accused app recreates Durak, a traditional Russian game, and is rather imaginatively called Durak Card Game. Built by Pocket games Ltd, the application has been downloaded between five and 10 …
Iain Thomson, 3 Feb 2015
Brute force

Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

UK home Wi-Fi security is as bad as PC security was in the 1990s, according to a new study. Security software firm Avast found that more than half of all routers are poorly protected by default or common, easily hacked password/ID combinations. Easily hacked password combinations such as admin/admin or admin/password, or even …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2014

You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

Security software outfit Avast are trying to figure out why the combination of recent Windows patches and updates to the latter company's software are breaking PCs. Hordes of users have found that their PCs, especially those running Windows 8 and 8.1, grind to a halt after they apply both Microsoft's recent KB3000850 update …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014
iPad Psycho image

That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

It's hard being a security researcher. Several of them just had to view thousands of nude selfies pulled from second-hand phones and tablets for a campaign warning people who sell old devices. The beleaguered infosec bods saw 750 photos of naked women and 250 images of manhood from a pool of 40,000 photos still stored on a …
Darren Pauli, 9 Jul 2014
Avast! Free Anti-virus utility

Antivirus firm Avast! takes down forums after breach

Antivirus firm Avast! has 'fessed up to a breach. The small upside is that the mess only impacts the company's forums. As the company's CEO Vincent Steckler has blogged “Less than 0.2% of our 200 million users were affected. No payment, license, or financial systems or other data was compromised.” Don't click away to another …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2014
euros_channel_money

PayPal privates exposed after breach on SECURITY shop

Antivirus firm Avast has said that it was not responsible for a breach on a website of a German reseller selling its security products that resulted in the apparent leak of the payment details of thousands of consumers over the weekend. Turkish hacker Maxn3y defaced avadas.de on Saturday (archive here) before dumping what the …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2013
Avast Mobile Security Android app icon

Avast! Mobile Security

Android App of the Week The security or lack thereof of the Android platform - real or imagined - is a common topic of conversation at the moment so it seems like a good time to take a look for a comprehensive security app. My preferred choice is Avast!. Avast! for Android is free and carries no advertising, making it perfect for anyone who is just a …
Alun Taylor, 7 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

Avast false alarm hits Steam's weekend gamers

Freebie anti-virus scanner Avast falsely identified an executable associated with the popular Steam gaming platform as a Trojan on Sunday. The snafu, which persisted for around 90 minutes, meant that SteamService.exe was wrongly identified as a Trojan (specifically Trojan-gen) and sent to quarantine. Judging by posts on Steam …
John Leyden, 6 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

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
The Register breaking news

Trojan script gets stuck on superglue site

The website of Super Glue became bunged up with a malicious script earlier this week as part of a tricky problem that was only resolved on Wednesday. Prior to their removal of malicious redirection scripts, visitors to the world-famous adhesive maker's site were redirected to a site punting crud, Avast software warned. It …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2011
chart

Avast still focused on Windows, despite new Mac security app

Free security software outfit Avast reckons unprotected Windows desktops still offer its greatest potential area for growth, despite its huge existing Windows user-base of 130 million active users. In addition to pushing out its technology to small businesses, the Czech Republic-based firm plans to offer an Android-based …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2011

Create a news alert about avast, or find more stories about avast.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018