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Windows 7: MSE detects a threat in Avast folder!

26 Aug 2011   #1
kimouette

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 
MSE detects a threat in Avast folder!

Hi everyone,

I currently use 3 free security programs : Avast 6, Microsoft security essentials and Malwarebytes.

I just ran a quick computer scan with Avast and just when the scan completed I got an alert from microsoft security essentials :
MSE detects a threat in Avast folder!-mse-alert.jpg
Does this mean that there's a virus located in my Avast temp folder? Or maybe MSE doesn't get along too well with Avast??

I wont remove the file until I get an answer cuz I'm affraid this could de-activate Avast!

Please help!




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26 Aug 2011   #2
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

It's generally not advised to run multiple Anti-virus at the same time. They don't agree with each other, resulting in a lot of conflicts with virus removal as well as a multitude of other things.

For example, they could both latch onto the same infected file and try to delete it. Obviously, this doesn't work very well, usually ending in a terribly slow computer. Similar problems occur if one AV quarantines a file while the other AV tries to delete it. I once had BitDefender and Trend Micro installed on the same computer. My computer was so slow, it was barely usable.

Most AV software nowadays attempts to detect and remove other competitors at installation. it's probably for the best as having more than one AV will probably cause you more problems than do you good. If there's any AV software you prefer, I recommend keeping it and uninstalling the others. Malwarebytes in my opinion, is great. You should be able to use it in conjunction with avast! or MSE though as it doesn't offer real-time protection. Though in the end, it really comes down to what you feel more comfortable with. Alternatively, you may have to set exclusions for the related file folders in order to avoid any complications.
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26 Aug 2011   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Interesting - I don't think I've seen that before. Does that .tmp file exist in that location?

A few questions:

1. Is your Avast 6 a legitimate version?
2. Were you perhaps running an Avast scan at the same time as MSE?
3. What is currently in your Avast quarantine folder?

Regards,
Golden
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26 Aug 2011   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

MSE just detected what avast has unpacked into its temp folder. This may happen if you're using two resident AVs without excluding certain locations from each other. Read this:

Two anti-virus

Please make up your mind which AV you want to use and uninstall the other. MBAM free version is fine because its not real time.
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26 Aug 2011   #5
kimouette

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

Wow that was fast! Thanks guys for the quick replies.

Ok I agree, maybe I should uninstall one of the 2 apps (AVS or MSE) but I will keep Malwarebytes for sure!

Quote:
Does that .tmp file exist in that location?
I dont see it!

Quote:
1. Is your Avast 6 a legitimate version?
2. Were you perhaps running an Avast scan at the same time as MSE?
3. What is currently in your Avast quarantine folder?
1. Yes, it's the free version i downloaded from their official website then I registered it.
2.I was running a scan with Avast, but MSE was just working "in background", I mean, I did not run TWO scans at the same time, I just didn't completely close MSE before running a scan with Avast.
3. You're talking about the virus chest right? If so, well there's nothing in there
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26 Aug 2011   #6
preiius

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'm sorry, who in their right mind has 2 antivirus software running at the same time. Why stop there, why not 2 firewalls, 2 anti-malware, etc? What do you do that makes you so afraid??
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26 Aug 2011   #7
kimouette

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

Ok preiius, I'm stupid
There I said it
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26 Aug 2011   #8
Athene

 

preiius, please do not be discourteous to other users. Kindly read the forum rules over here again for tips on social interaction in the forum:
Windows 7 Forums - Forum Rules

Thanks! :-)

kimouette: You're not stupid - do not get discouraged by the remark. Installing two realtime antivirus programs is a mistake loads of people make, and we all have to start somewhere :-) As suggested by the previous posters, one realtime antivirus program and one non-realtime program (the free version of Malwarebytes which you've already got installed is highly popular) is the recommended setup :-)
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26 Aug 2011   #9
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It is a bad idea to have more than one AV program installed and running at the same time. This can cause lots of false positives, as each will be scanning the others database and flagging up warnings about what it finds.

It is perfectly fine to have MBAM running in realtime with other AV programs, such as Avast!, AVG, etc.
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26 Aug 2011   #10
preiius

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

@kimouette, no, you're not stupid, because you picked this forum to ask and learn! Stupid ppl are ones who are ignorant but too proud to ask.

Just don't visit any more dodgy sites.
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