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Pablo Escobar
02-08-2012, 10:13 PM
AVG, I am sad to say, has joined the legions of virus writers and trojan software, and malware companies and has created the most vicious, and vile malware hijack I have seen in years!

They have somehow hijacked the base code of all browsers and redirect any new tab opened into their "safe search" engine.

hundreds of cries of foul on their own forums, and other forums, are met with replies from company employees of "Who, us?", and useless methods to "fix" the problem which do not work.

Uninstalling their software does not work.
Resetting IE does not work.
Manually editing the registry, does not work.

Grrr. I'm supposed to be a good virus fixer, and 2 hours later, I'm stumped.

sandyd
02-08-2012, 10:18 PM
Nothing on bleeping computer?

Ought Six
02-08-2012, 10:27 PM
SpyNoMore claims that they can get rid of it.

http://www.spynomore.com/avg-antivirus-2011.htm

Sysiphus
02-08-2012, 10:35 PM
They are in with quite a crowd, like mycleanpc.com.

Pablo Escobar
02-08-2012, 11:01 PM
Yeah, but going bad after 10 years of doing well?

bleeping computer search isn't coming up with anything.

basically, as near as I can figure out, they have either rewritten this file, res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm, or have hijacked this call at a lower level.

I'll try the lead, I haven't found that one yet.

Thanks.

Pablo Escobar
02-08-2012, 11:06 PM
Just checked 06's link, and that is for a fake version of AVG. This is the real McCoy, and openly admitted as "functionality", by their forum mangers, who say they are going to "talk to the marketing people....."

Seriously! An long standing, antivirus company using viral techniques to make sure they get a piece of the search action? Say it isn't so joe!

Of course, I read an EXCELLENT quote today....

In the internet world, if you aren't paying someone for a service, then YOU are the product being payed for...

Think about it.

Ought Six
02-08-2012, 11:12 PM
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic425399.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic440641.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic440902.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic441689.html

Pablo Escobar
02-08-2012, 11:23 PM
Hi 06, thanks for the links, but they all refer to plain vanilla, global hijacks.

This is much more subtle and insidious. Please refer to the following threads from AVG's own forum to see how unhappy their users are, and the comical forum managers/support staff trying to "help".

http://forums.avg.com/us-en/avg-forums?sec=thread&act=show&id=183783

http://forums.avg.com/us-en/avg-forums?sec=thread&act=show&id=188650

http://forums.avg.com/ww-en/avg-forums?sec=thread&act=show&id=183593

http://forums.avg.com/us-en/avg-forums?sec=thread&act=show&id=188317

A basic google search returns about 1500 hits from AVGs forum complaining about this malware behavior from an anti-malware company.

l'Incendiario
02-29-2012, 06:01 PM
I use AVG 2012 Free Edition, and I seem to remember the search toolbar add-in appearing last edition (must have been either 2010 or 2011: it came as a separate update, I seem to recall), but I never liked it, and I subsequently de-selected it, and never installed it with the new 2012 version (must be nearly time for the next version, it was a while ago).

Currently I use another search engine as my home page, and I have a bunch of search heuristics loaded (like Wikipedia and IMDB, etc.).

I don't see it as an option in the View menu. I remember it being a pain, but whatever I did seems to have removed it. (Maybe I removed it before it became entrenched?)

Have you tried uninstalling and re-installing?

What's the fall-back? Is there a good, free AV application?

Ought Six
02-29-2012, 06:49 PM
Avast! Antivirus is probably the best AV freeware.

l'Incendiario
02-29-2012, 08:35 PM
Thanks, I'll check it out. :)