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posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 08:17 PM
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I use several spyware programs one of which is Avast fee version. It has a bad habit of playing big brother and automatically stops me from accessing a web site it says has got malware on it. Maybe it has got a viris on it I decide which websites I visit not Avast.

Question is, how do I prevent it from taking this action. I cant find a setting to prevent Avast from doing it. I'm sure there is one there some where but I cant find it.

Any ideas?

thanks




posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 08:27 PM
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simple answer to that......
uninstall and just use malwarebytes anti malware simples!!!!
no more big brother telling you what you can view



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 08:31 PM
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Avast aint what it used to be. for instance it was warning me of a infection or whatever constantly and I could not deal with it cause of the popup it claimed i had? It would not let me get at the file or take action if this makes sense?



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 08:33 PM
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originally posted by: redeyez69
simple answer to that......
uninstall and just use malwarebytes anti malware simples!!!!
no more big brother telling you what you can view

EVERYONE disregard what this person posted. AVAst is anti Virus and Malewarebytes is for spyware and malware, two different monsters. Obvisouly this member has no clue.
edit on 7/18/14 by proob4 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 09:01 PM
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smallbusiness.chron.com...

google is still working fine lol

and yes spyware and antivirus are kinda diferent i wouldent say completaly

ask me what im running just ask me ...

nether all a wast of time imo but i wont say thats true for everyone

learn more about the matter and learn how to prevent protect and remove without any tools it makes u fell in controllol and never restricted



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 09:02 PM
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a reply to: learnatic

I use the paid version of Malwarebytes, and it also blocks certain websites. The reason being is that Avast, Malwarebytes (and others) use a "reported attack site" database to block reported attack sites. There are the occasional false positives due to the ads being the culprits.

If you want to stop the blocking of websites, you can go into Avast's settings and look for "Shield" controls and disable the website monitoring shield.

I would hope that you have some browser security add-ons installed if you're going to turn off website monitoring.



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 09:07 PM
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a reply to: _BoneZ_

cheers , thanks for the info



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 09:08 PM
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the honest to god truth about computers is this...ive been on them since the beginning..the only time i have had something weird happen is going to dirty porn sites...you dont need spyware protectiion...and find only one porn site that is safe and stick with it



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 09:30 PM
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originally posted by: rockpaperhammock
the honest to god truth about computers is this...ive been on them since the beginning..the only time i have had something weird happen is going to dirty porn sites...you dont need spyware protectiion...and find only one porn site that is safe and stick with it


truth right hear not 100% true but mostaly

as most of my tech frinds say porn will kill ur computer ... but who really will /q porn over a reinstall ever 2 months

most of it is really simple to remove

there really are lot of steps to protect urself tho

disable avtivex cookies java and many more things

its just learning simple things and you can avoid needing anything to protect u



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 09:31 PM
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a reply to: rockpaperhammock
Another person with dis info. I get flags even here on ats at times. Explain that?



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 09:37 PM
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yea its not only porn but in reality most the time it is

the web will never be safe if you using ie explorer going to www.google.com isent safe lol a overstatment but u get the idea

i just do general sweeps once a week to check for things and reinstall every 2 months

u can get a virus from anywhere even clicking a link on ats can do it

i have many frinds who use a phishing pages alot to get something they want

for the most part and tested 1 in 10 times i could pick up there phishing pages trojan its not easy from a custome made virus

but i can spot the phishing page 90% of the time



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 10:01 PM
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originally posted by: proob4
a reply to: rockpaperhammock
Another person with dis info. I get flags even here on ats at times. Explain that?



because your bs spyware removal or whatever you have flags everything...when i had something running it was flaggin video games that i was installing myself....it would flag my weather extension....it would flag everything...in fact sometimes it broke software applications because of removing something it felt was dangerous but was a needed file.

if you get a virus...keep malwarebytes on a flash drive...put it in and boot from that...

also adblock and ghostery pretty much block everything coming my way...which is highly frowned upon around here but oh well.
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posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 10:05 PM
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originally posted by: rockpaperhammock
the honest to god truth about computers is this...ive been on them since the beginning..the only time i have had something weird happen is going to dirty porn sites...you dont need spyware protectiion...and find only one porn site that is safe and stick with it


In the past I did network security for a large corp. (4-5 years ago) The most destructive viruses I've ever seen were on travel sites.... The sites where you compare hotel rates, car rental rates, etc.


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posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 10:05 PM
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a reply to: proob4

It's not disinfo. I've never had a virus or malware. I've also never had ATS flagged by my security software.

Everyone is responsible for the security of their own PC. If your antivirus software is flagging ATS, then maybe it's time to change to a different antivirus that's more up to date on false positives.



edit on 18-7-2014 by _BoneZ_ because: (no reason given)



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 10:06 PM
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a reply to: learnatic
Switch to Microsoft Security Essentials. Avast has gone the way of the other bloatware companies. Norton, McAfee, AVG, and others. Malwarebytes is a good(though not perfect) little program for junkware and malware. Just make sure you untick the "trial" version when you install it.



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 10:19 PM
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a reply to: ColeYounger

haha that is really interesting...ive never really have gone to travel sites before..who would have thought!



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 10:25 PM
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originally posted by: Klassified
a reply to: learnatic
Switch to Microsoft Security Essentials. Avast has gone the way of the other bloatware companies. Norton, McAfee, AVG, and others. Malwarebytes is a good(though not perfect) little program for junkware and malware. Just make sure you untick the "trial" version when you install it.



This. I tried Avast for a while, and quickly got rid of it because of the issue OP mentioned. Never had any problems with the following set up:

Microsoft Security Essentials on Vista Home Premium 64 bit (yeah yeah, i know... but i like it and have never had a problem with it.)

Opera browser, with the following extensions running: Ghostery, HTTPS Everywhere, and as per recommendations from an ATS member on another thread, Disconnect and Better Privacy. (Disconnect is AWESOME. My machine runs so much faster now.)

Run the free version of Malwarebytes scan once a week or so to check for anything nasty, and also run Spybot- Search & Destroy for immunization.

Most of this was recommended by a friend who works in IT. Although he told me to use Firefox but... meh, I just like Opera better.



posted on Jul, 18 2014 @ 11:17 PM
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I tend to always disable the website protection in my anti-virus software, it's way too annoying. I even disable the website blocking in Firefox because it must make many requests in order to check if a website is safe and it can slow down the browsing speed. Instead I simply use WOT because it's much more accurate and it wont prevent you from viewing the website, but it will warn you if the website has a poor reputation.



posted on Jul, 19 2014 @ 01:10 AM
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originally posted by: proob4

originally posted by: redeyez69
simple answer to that......
uninstall and just use malwarebytes anti malware simples!!!!
no more big brother telling you what you can view

EVERYONE disregard what this person posted. AVAst is anti Virus and Malewarebytes is for spyware and malware, two different monsters. Obvisouly this member has no clue.



Easy easy. Why the aggression?

We are talking about AV/anti spyware no need to start speaking about other members like that. Jeez. We are supposed to help each other in threads like this not insult each other.



posted on Jul, 19 2014 @ 01:11 AM
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originally posted by: proob4
a reply to: rockpaperhammock
Another person with dis info. I get flags even here on ats at times. Explain that?




WOW, here you go again.

You having a bad day???????

Unbelievable.



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