Frustration thy name is AVAST, OD&D Cancer Giveawy goes on

After a week of setting up my new computer, I find that I get top do it all over again. AVAST decided the main component of Microsoft’s update system, trustedinstaller.exe was a Trojan earlier this week. I told AVAST to abort when given a choice between aborting and deleting the file, but AVAST apparently deleted file anyway. Worse I did not notice until this evening so there was no restore point left from before this update — that’s what happens when you are installing all your software. So it is reformat and start all over time (no Windows 7 disk with the system, just “system restore” DVDs). AVAST will never be on my system again. There are times I think anti-virus software is worse than the viruses.

I’d like to thank everyone who has donated to the Brown Box Dungeons and Dragons Goodies Cancer Fund Drive so far. Donations have been fairly small, but there have been a good number of them. There’s a good chance someone will get the Brown Box stuff for a “steal” compared to its worth. There’s also a good chance that some of the giveaway “winners” will be selected by results on an OD&D quiz as there are a number of ties at the moment — over course, there’s still about a week to go. Lots of time for more donations which might eliminate some or all of the ties.

Donations are much appreciated. For more information on this giveaway and fund drive see this post: Brown Box Dungeons and Dragons Goodies Available (for Cancer Fund Donors).

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2 Responses

  1. I've used Avast for quite a while with no issues, but that definitely is one heck of an error on Avast's part. If you want to stick with free software, Microsoft's free one has been getting good reviews on tech and anti-virus test sites and since it's Microsoft shouldn't affect Windows.

  2. Randall says:

    Three issues with AVAST in a year here. It just stopped updating on my wife's machine. (Actually, it just kept downloading the same update every 60 minutes or so.) In December a bad 4.8 update wanted to delete just about every program on my computer because it was a virus/trojan. Now this.

    I'm trying AVG 9 on the newly-reformatted new machine. I had used it before and liked it. At least until it bloated up in 8.x versions. AVG 9 seems much less bloated.

    If that doesn't work out, it's on to Microsoft Security Essentials.