Well I gave you all a heads-up and fixed my system before I went to bed … at 11:40 am Eastern (US) this morning.
Since I had thoroughly tested out System Mechanic 9.5 before I retired, I was confident that I was going to be ‘OK’ this morning. So I didn’t vary my routine. I went for my usual run, before I checked the system.
A local PC guy, a big fan of Avast and all things open source, had sent me an email telling me I should not panic … that there was a bug in Avast. I was happy to tell him that I was way beyond that by that point. Unlike me, who only had System Mechanic whacked, he had had quite a few files quarantined as being infected.
As I suspected, the Web was full of stories of the Avast false positive. Avast even posted an apology of sorts — though I get the feeling they called up Tiger Woods to ask his advise on how to word it.
I am NOT AMUSED.
This was not acceptable.
Actually, I had got a false positive on them, on THIS BLOG, a couple of days ago! Told me there was a trojan. Well, I knew that that could not be the case. This is WordPress.com. So I ignored that. Next time I clicked … nothing. So I knew that it was a false alarm.
I am in a quandary. Avast, in general, has been good. I know how it works.
Having seen MANY talk about it … I checked out Avira. Not sure that it gives me all I get with Avast Professional. My Avast/Open Source friend still swears by Avast.
Most people are comparing and talking about the FREE, Avast Home edition. That is for kids cheapskates. So much of the talk is about FREE Avast, free Avira, free AVG and free Microsoft Total Security.
Not interested in the free stuff. I want industrial strength protection.
Still torn about what to do.
All I do know is that Avast screwed up BIG TIME. Shame on them.