Upgraded to AVG8Free - Items found during scan.

  sebiven 06:21 10 May 2008

Yesterday I upgraded to AVG8Free and overnight let it do a complete scan of my PC.

The scan has listed over a hundred items,all contained within the registry.It is a little disconcerting to say the least because previous scans with AVG7 haven't found them!

The registry keys are all within :

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\...various keys...

Items include Adware,Trojans and Downloaders,but according to AVG - "No Threats" - bar one which is "Adware.Vundo"

What should I do with these items - ignore or let AVG clean them?


  crosstrainer 06:52 10 May 2008

I had the same thing, although not as many as you have...These are warnings about activex controls....I selected them, chose repair all unhealed infections (it will ask you to use power user settings..just click yes) No problems since...but they do re-appear.

  sebiven 07:59 10 May 2008


I am pretty careful where I wander on the net and do a scan every week or so and to be honest haven't had any problems with Trojans or Downloaders since the days of dial-up.

It makes you wonder whether AVG8 is being more "fussy" than it's predecessor!

However I have taken your advice and cleaned them all.

Thanks for your response.

  Halmer 08:28 10 May 2008

Spywareblaster or Spybot installed because there is a conflict in that AVG 8 picks the immunisations up?

  Sea Urchin 09:32 10 May 2008

As Halmer says AVG8 picks up "signatures" from your anti-spyware programs (particularly Spywareblaster) and treats them as malware, which of course they are not. If you delete them it will disable the anti-spyware protection, and you will need to re-enable it by updating.

  Kingfisher 11:41 10 May 2008

Please read the response below from AVG, regarding this problem

Please let us inform you, that an "ActiveX Compatibility" registry key
is a result of the "Immunize" function included in some anti-spyware
programs (e.g.: "Spybot search & destroy", "Spyware blaster",...)

The key contains the same registry entries as the actual threats, thus
preventing them from working correctly. Some anti-spyware programs use
this method to prevent launching of the malware. Unfortunately, these
parts are still detected by AVG signatures and that is why AVG marks
them as infected.

To assure protection provided by AVG against these threats, it is not
possible to remove such signatures from AVG virus bases.
Because of this, "Immunize" function included in above mentioned
softwares is NOT compatible with AVG products.

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