Suspicious activity claiming to be AVG

  scotty 22:33 23 Jan 13

I have seen two pcs exhibiting suspicious activity today. First I had a pop-up at bottom right of screen purporting to relate to AVG. I was about to shut down so I ignored it.

On another pc I then had ZoneAlarm asking for permission to run ROCJAN2013AV.exe which I denied. I have not found definitive evidence that this comes from AVG but one site suggests it relates to an AVG advertising campaign. Can anyone shed some light on this?

If it is from AVG I am seriously concerned about the direction they are taking. The actions of this program are the very type that I would expect from a rogue program. An anti-virus vendor should be more understanding of this fact.

If it is not AVG I am even more concerned.

  rdave13 23:08 23 Jan 13

Run the free versions of malwarebytes and superantispyware first. Just google for them. Update first then run full scans.

  denis.komov 23:26 23 Jan 13

This is from AVG site: they suggest you check the signature

  lotvic 23:34 23 Jan 13

Some sort of avg advertising campaign, have a look and see if there is a file called "AVG January 2013 Campaign" Prob in in C:\ProgramData\AVG January 2013 Campaign

Further info on and they're not happy with it either

  scotty 23:52 23 Jan 13

denis, Thanks, I had found reference to your link from this thread: Wasn't totally convinced particularly as I could find so few references to ROCJAN2013AV.exe on google.

Searching for the file but nothing has shown up yet. Also read that there is a removal process which runs automatically.

  Secret-Squirrel 09:55 24 Jan 13

"...." I had a pop-up at bottom right of screen purporting to relate to AVG...."

I've seen a couple of those too in the last week.

The message was an invitation to enhance security by enabling the AVG Security toolbar and to set AVG Safe Search as the homepage. The message also pointed out that this was all free. There was nothing sinister or suspicious about it at all.

If your pop-up returns, instead of dismissing it immediately, have a good read of it and tell us what it says.

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