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  • 2.0 stars

    "Avast installed Win32 Malware-gen after update"

    October 2, 2011  |   By musicman4you


    Has good detection


    I just updated Avast and did a scan.It found a High Threat Win32 Malware-gen in it's own Program Files.I thought it might be a False Positive but I ran MalwareBytes that also found it in the Avast Program Files Folder.I tried to repair it.


    I also found this info below.Been using Avast for awhile but not sure what to do now ???????

    The process aswRunDll.exe belongs to the software avast! Free Antivirus by unknown.

    Description: File aswRunDll.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 7/XP is 107,056 bytes.
    It is a file without information about the maker of this file. The program has no visible window. File aswRunDll.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous.
    You could remove the entire program avast! Free Antivirus using Windows Control Panel.

    Updated on Oct 2, 2011

    Well some good news.I went back to my other computer were this happened about 4 hours ago and they had and update that fixed it Thank God.Avast and MalwareBytes don't find the Win32 Malware-gen for the aswRunDll.exe anymore.I read on Google were others were having this problem so they must have jumped on it and fixed it on a update.

    Updated on Oct 2, 2011

    Here is a reply from Avast....Hello,
    sorry for your inconvenience this is a false positive and it will be fixed in next VPS.

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5 replies to this review

  • Reply by just_air on October 3, 2011

    Your welcome, and I reported this guy more than once.

  • Reply by musicman4you on October 3, 2011

    Thank you CNET users for reporting or CNET for removing that uncalled for reply I got with the other persons remarks and using the F word.I say keep it clean.I wouldn't have posted something to another reviewer or user like that.Whoever was responsible Thanks.I did have to bite my tongue and almost posted something I shouldn't have.lol.. :-)

  • Reply by musicman4you on October 2, 2011

    @ lila5411 Just to let you know this was even on the Avast Forums last night.Oct 1st and 2nd.You have no class with the reply you left me but I'm a big boy and I can take it or anything else you can dish out.

  • Reply by musicman4you on October 2, 2011

    lila5411 Im no NOOB but you know what you can do.I think you do.Avast did screw up on that aswRunDll.exe file that belongs in the Avast antivirus program Files.If you know how to find it go look.For 2 days many people like myself had Avast to catch this as Win32 Malware-gen as well as MalwareBytes and others on a manual scan or on that file.No Thanks on AVG.On my main computer I use Avira or Kaspersky with better detection rates and I do know how to install Avira without the crapware AskToolbar .Avast does slow down peoples systems more than Avira with all of those Shields running all the time.If you have a fast dual or quad core computer you may not notice it as much.You do me a favour.Go do a search on Google for what I posted with the right keywords if you know how and you will find what I posted was true.You are the Pathetic NOOB....

  • Reply by musicman4you on October 2, 2011

    The aswRunDll.exe in the Avast program Files Folder is were Avast and MalwareBytes both found the Win32 Malware-gen

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