Somehow Avast anti-virus managed to block itself [Image]

avast blocked self

This made me laugh a little bit as this is quite ridiculous. Then again, Avast is doing this user a kindness because it knows it is one of the crappiest anti-virus solutions out there. Take heed brother, and get another free alternative. I recommend Avira or staying away from computers for the foreseeable future.

Message from Ashraf to Vamien: Oh no you didn’t…!

[via Reddit]

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  • Vamien McKalin

    [@Ashraf] Cersei Lannister and Jaimie Lannister aka the King slayer….aka best swordsman in all of Westeros.

  • Ashraf

    [@Mark] If I were to read that anywhere, I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass if it was the writing being funny or not, because I have better things to do. My question is, why are you so butthurt about Vamien’s comment on Avast?

    [@Vamien McKalin] Am I supposed to know where that is from? o_O

    [@Mark] You do have a valid point there; it could be seen as advice. Maybe we should start adding /joke tags xD

  • Mark

    [@Vamien McKalin]
    No, I don’t work for Avast, nor do I have any other material interest in them. I am simply a satisfied user, not even a “huge fan” as I have come across its downsides as well (as with every AV program I have ever used for any length of time). And I know from many comparative tests (not my own) that Avast is a very decent AV program, so it’s not just me who disagrees with your “crappiest” statement.

    If it had been just that, I probably would not have commented, but the post served as another confirmation of my impression of recent months (or perhaps it’s already been a year or so) that there’s a lot of stuff on this blog these days that seems to give advice but feels unreliable. This felt like a good moment to say so.

    So, the main reason why I was so annoyed by your post was really that I have certain long-standing sympathies for this blog as a source of reliable information, and most of your post was, in my eyes at least, looking like advice and devoid of any perceptible irony or other entertainment value. The beginninng was fun, but the rest came across as very poor and rather spiteful advice. It was by no means clear to me that you meant your post to be entirely humorous. And the very first commenter on your post certainly seemed to take it as a piece of advice.

    End of story, as far as I’m concerned.

  • Unicorn02

    I really like the new approach avast is taking in their latest AV version. With the “hardened” mode it is VERY unlikely that an UNKNOWN virus will enter your system. Hardened mode is a very welcome method for the users who are not that computer savvy. Never seen any other vendor taking AV to the next step actually… How are other vendors protecting you against brand new unknown viruses?
    I do NOT like the way avast plugs all kinds of services into the base product (you can deselect them of course, but still..)

    Still, the post about the false positive of Avast is of course funny.

  • Vamien McKalin

    [@Mark] It is likely Ashraf might not find it funny because it’s his blog. But then again, the writer is not looking to entertain the owner; he’s just collateral damage. I mean, media personalities poke fun at the Xbox One and the Wii U about their flaws and we all laugh, except insecure fanboys who feel some form of strange attachment to these piece of plastic products along with the creators.

    My question to you is this; do you work for Avast? If not, then I’m guessing you’re a huge fan and that’s understandable. Many fans usually don’t like to see their favorite product or brand ripped apart for whatever reason, even if it is just for entertainment. Well, guess what? These things happen and you need to deal with it.

    If I had ripped on Avira in favor of Avast, it is likely you wouldn’t have a problem. You may even find it entertaining because you prefer Avast. We as humans are peculiar things I always say.

  • Mark

    [@Ashraf] Ashraf, if you were to read on a well-respected computer site “Ashraf is doing this user a kindness because he knows he has one of the crappiest computer blogs out there. Take heed brother, and read something else.” – would you really find it entertaining, provided it was preceded by a humorous observation about something in dottech that’s not working quite as it should (such as, for instance, the email alert system)? Would you really think that author was just trying to be funny?

  • Vamien McKalin

    [@Ashraf] “Should we eat peanuts before we sleep together, sister?” :D

  • Ashraf

    [@Vamien McKalin] I prefer dry roasted peanuts. Hmmm… peanuts… There has to be a Game of Thrones reference in there somewhere.

  • Vamien McKalin

    [@smaragdus] [@Mark] [@Chuck]

    My apologies for the way I responded. Let’s break the ice with salted peanuts and a glass of Gin :)

  • Ashraf

    [@Shava Nerad] Good idea, I linked it.

  • Ashraf

    [@smaragdus] [@Mark] [@Chuck] You three also need to calm down.

    First of all, this is an entertainment post. So take it as it is — entertainment. You claim to be long time readers of dotTech, meaning you’ve probably read Vamien’s posts before. That means you should know Vamien loves employing humor-from-the-hip in his writing. So take it as what it is: humor.

    Second of all, let’s agree to disagree… but disagree in a grownup fashion. No need for name calling or insults.

    I believe a few apologies are in order here. From both sides.

  • Ashraf

    [@Vamien McKalin] I agree. You need to calm down. I understand that some people may be taking the post too seriously, but, as a writer for dotTech, you should respond with a bit more restraint. Humor and freedom of expression is always encouraged here, but there are many different ways to express the same opinion and you picked one not becoming of a dotTech writer.

  • Vamien McKalin

    [@Eva] It’s not a meltdown, it’s an evaporation…poof. ;)

  • Vamien McKalin

    [@Becca-1] This is my only problem with the thing, the constant pop-ups. Apart from that, it’s alright and does the job pretty well without using up a lot of resources.

    I have 6GB of RAM installed here, but despite that I love software that eat less than my dog….”dog.” Seriously, that’s what I call him.

  • Eva

    [@Vamien McKalin]

    No matter one’s opinion about Avast, you’re really not doing the site any favours with meltdowns like this.

  • Becca-1

    Avast has lost the plot, there is no doubt about it. They are firmly in bed with Google which is a contradiction to what a security programme is about. I mean being permanently connected to Google is nowadays similar to having the NSA as your ISP.

    There are also those constant pop ups, even in the paid version. Brainwaves like ‘What’s your Avast IQ?’ must have really taken everything there is to come up with.

    Fortunately I only have a few customers left with soon to expire licenses for this nonsense. Perhaps in a few years when their, at the moment, enormous greed has subsided a bit I’ll take another look.

  • Vamien McKalin

    [@smaragdus] [@Chuck] [@Mark]

    Let me point out something. This is all for entertainment, should I always spell this out for people like you? Furthermore, this is not an article telling you guys that Avira is better than Avast or it would definitely need more in-depth research. No research needed here because these are just short entertainment posts, which should not be taken seriously to the point where you guys are getting emotional lol ridiculous and quite funny too.

    Another thing, and I want you all to play along with me on this scenario. OK. So let’s say I prefer Avira and you guys prefer Avast….shouldn’t I be able to prefer a certain product without being barked down by trolls? [Or wannabe trolls because this type of trolling is amateur stuff.] You guys are acting like the console fanboys who are angry and insecure because someone prefers their least favorite console. Get a grip and hold on tight with both hands along with your teeth because ya’ll are acting like morons.

    I can take all the shit I get because I give it. But no, I will not take this stupid shit.

  • Chuck

    [@Mark] I’ll second that second.Would that be a third??
    Avast free is as good as any,and better than most.Get your head out of your a$$ man.

  • Mark


    Definitely a new low.
    It’s unfortunate that Ashraf has taken on several contributors in recent months who tend to bring down the overall quality of the site. I would much rather have one-third of the current rate of posts written by people who put in some journalistic effort instead of the recent deluge with so much froth and poorly researched reports.

  • smaragdus

    “…crappiest anti-virus solutions out there”
    Vamien McKalin- You are a brainless idiot.
    I have been following dotTech for years but evil comments like yours are making me vomit.

  • BearPup

    I’m frankly not surprised by this. In an “Emergency Update” a few weeks back an auto-reboot was embedded in the code causing the computer to reboot itself whenever it updated its virus definitions or program files. It was questioned in their forum with absolutely zero response from Avast. I’m now protected by AVG Internet Security (thanks SharewareOnSale!).

  • customcarvin

    As I said, Avira is BETTER than Avast…. :-S …oops lol. I was looking at AVG, and thinking Avast. My mistake, nothing to see here….

  • customcarvin

    I’m not a Avast fan (I’m currently using Bitdefender) BUT, according to the latest AV-Test, Avast is BETTER than Avira at detecting malware…

  • Guido

    Yes, it is a comical example of the tendency of Avast to report false positives. And it is sometimes very annoying, when the user has enough computer skills to judge the stupidity of the alert.
    But, as a user for very many years, I have never had any problems of infection of my PCs. Admittedly, I am cautious and aware of what to do and not do on computer. In addition, I use also some supplements like Winpatrol, and Malwarebytes Antimalware / AntiRootkit protection. And they show also sometimes excessive zeal!
    But I am convinced that with a rational use, Avast is one of the best free antivirus, each year more complete, better than certain charged software, with a very safe and sure system of update for neophytes (and others). And as a French resident, optimization of detections in the cloud is particularly good taking into account the number of users in France.
    Like many other softwares, antivirus can be very good or very bad depending on the use that we make.

  • Unicorn02

    Folks, calm down.
    Avira itself is also not a real solution.
    Or did anyone forgot this?:

    I mean in the end avast just had a false positive of a small emergency update and did not harm itself. No one got hurt. (As opposed to Avira back in the days). So please think twice before posting BS here…

  • Shava Nerad

    You realize this is showing up with an ad for Avast on the page, praising it…:) *ahem*

    You should add a link to this story to your current antivirus recommendation article, just as a thought?