05/10/2017

When Antivirus Software Fails You: How to Spot (and Defeat!) a Real Malware Attack


It isn't every day you get to see what a real Trojan attack looks like.

When you do, there's seldom time to even take screenshots: you just want to get the heck out of Dodge.

But, this time, in putting together material for our upcoming free workshop when I happened across a real attack I was able to record it.

If you've ever wondered what an attack looks like, here's your chance to see one.

Here's the best/worst part: nothing stopped it.

  • Not our Internet Security Software.
  • Not any of our browsers' built-in malware protection
  • Not even Windows 10 built-in security.

See for yourself how it happened and what you can do to stop it.

 



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05/15/2012

Temporary Fix to Avira Antivirus / Internet Security 2012 Blocking Applications

The Internet is aflutter today with news that many people are having problems with Avira Antivirus Premium and Avira Internet Security.

Apparently, Avira is blocking legitimate applications, thus rendering many PCs all but unusable since even basic programs like Notepad won't start.

Avira has responded with a Knowledge Base article (complete with screenshots) on How to add an exception for a blocked application in Avira".

Adding an exception is easy, albeit something people are upset about having to do in the first place. Alternatively, some folks are suggesting disabling Avira's ProActiv Protection as another possible solution, but that's something we'd discourage since it lowers measurably your PC's security.

Manually adding programs to the blocked applications exceptions list is a hassle, but chances are you only use a handful of programs regularly, so it's really not that time consuming to do, and it's certainly safer than disabling ProActiv.

Given that the first reports started showing up on Avira's forums last night and they already have documentation of the workaround up, their response time thus far has been pretty good.

No news yet as to when to expect a full solution.