Avast shot itself in the foot?

  Zurdo 18:38 04 Feb 11

Avast today flagged up the file aswclear5.exe in my downloads folder as an infection. Seems a bit strange seeing as the file is the avast uninstall utility downloaded from their own site ages ago. Any way something else could have infected this file?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:44 04 Feb 11

"avast uninstall utility"

of course it see its as a threat
any file designed to interfere with AVast could be a virus trying to disable the Antivirus program


  Zurdo 18:59 04 Feb 11

Yeah I can see that Fruit Bat........my point is why out of the blue has it flagged it up when the file has been there for ages without it being seen as a threat.

  MAT ALAN 19:08 04 Feb 11

Could be a new file definition update that has some sort of association to this, so it's seeing it for the first time...

  rawprawn 19:15 04 Feb 11
  woodchip 19:16 04 Feb 11

Yes could be a bug, I use Fee Avast on all my Personal computers but not had the problem

  woodchip 19:18 04 Feb 11

I very rarely run it, Have you run Avast for it to show?

  Zurdo 19:35 04 Feb 11

Thanks rawprawn..............didn't see that thread. Anyway I deleted the file and Avast has run a deep scan and the comp . comes up clean.
Thanks to everybody who replied.

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