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At http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=30082.0 , I find AntiVir and
BitDefender are rated higher than Avast and AVG.

I am told there are problems with Free AntiVir update. How is the
update function of Free BitDefender?

Is Free BitDefender better placed as compared to Free Avast?

Thanx/NSP


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On 8/30/2007 3:31 AM, n o s p a m p l e a s e after much thought,came up
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The only "problem" is a nag screen that comes up during an update.
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about the same as all others.
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Bit Defender(free version) is an on-demand scanner.
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What's in a Name? wrote:
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Jeanette wrote:

I use antivir on a couple of boxes here and it updates ok just that
their update is slow and there is a pop up.

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Re: Eliminating the 'nag-screen'.
Has anybody tried this?

1- rename file avnotify.exe to avnotify
or
2- delete avnotify.exe and avnotify.dll from the antivir program files
folder
or
3- use Eraser to wipe out files C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition
Classic\avnotify.dll
and C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avnotify.exe






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Doesn't the updater just rebuild avnotify.exe/.dll every time it runs?
I haven't tried it myself.
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Same here. (I'm still on AOL AVS-Kaspersky).


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Am Thu, 30 Aug 2007 19:15:35 -0500 schrieb What's in a Name?:

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Yes, I think that they're rebuilt. But if someone has some "desktop
firewall" software, wouldn't it be possible to prevent avnotify.exe and
the DLL from accessing the net, so Antivir can't load the ads? I'm no
Antivir user (have KAV on my Windows boxes), so someone else has to try if
this works ;-).

Gabriela

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A lot of grief over a nag screen that can be closed with a single mouse
click.......Especially one that does nothing, and prevents nothing.  The
update goes on even if you ignore it.   Drag it off the screen if  it
bothers you.  Close your eyes for the few seconds it takes to update.
Hardly a high price to pay for an excellent free application.


Bob





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Am Thu, 30 Aug 2007 21:53:51 -0400 schrieb rjdriver:


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Well, it doesn't bother *me*, because I'm not using Avira Antivir. If I
was, I'd allow the popup or buy the product.

Gabriela

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I have AntiVir on an XP Pro box and disallow avnotify.exe with the
security policy editor to prevent the nag screen from opening.  I'm not
sure if it's possible with a software firewall.

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How to access WinXP Pro "security policy editor"?

Thanx/NSP


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Type 'secpol.msc' into the Run box(without quotes).

-jen



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I know this is an older thread, but thought that I would update it
having just upgraded to Avira 9. I'm generally very happy with Avira and
would recommend it to anyone.

As for the nag screen:
With version 8 it was easy, just write a batch file to delete
avnotify.exe at startup and also schedule it to run just before your
scheduled update time (in case your compter is on for days at a time).

With version 9, it is impossible to delete avnotify.exe (I've tried
unlocker, moveonboot etc. and nothing seems to work), however I have
found a work around:
Take ownership of the file (avnotify.exe), using the advanced
properties of the security tab (I'm running XP Pro, with Home you'll
need to do this in safe mode) then simply delete all permissions for
this file. Now nobody has permission to run the file and you are the
only user who can change its permissions. Result!

Sláinte

midders


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On Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:11:04 +0530, midders

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http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm
 or
http://web.archive.org/web/20080104220147/http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm

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Hello Fred:

With this week's release of version 9.0.0.394, the above procedure might
need to be amended slightly.

Best regards,

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Hmm, I used these instructions once to block my Avira version 8.
After installing version 9 it still worked (WindowsXP Home.)
Also after installing version 9.0.0.394 (2009-04-17) some days ago,
I see no commercial.

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Easier would be to simply define a software restriction policy (SRP)
that bars this program from loading.  Regardless of permissions, this
program will not be allowed to load.  You could also use a HIPS (host
intrusion protection system) program to do the same but SRP is already
included in Windows XP.

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Or use the "Image File Execution Options" key in the registry.

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Accessing the net is not what the avnotify.exe window is about.  It is
nagware to get you to buy their commercialware.  You need to use an
IPS (intrusion protection system), like System Safety Monitor or
ProcessGuard, to prevent avnotify.exe from loading in the first place.

Don't what the point would be to use the free version, anyway.  The
current downloads available will expire after 3 months, go into "demo"
mode for another month, and then you don't get updates after the 4th
month.  So you get a 3-month trial although Avira doesn't tell you
that.  Do a download of their latest version into a VM, like in VMWare
Server or Virtual PC, don't do an update, move the clock forward 4.5
months, reboot, and then try to do an update.  You'll get an error in
the log saying that you don't have a valid license which results in
not getting an update.  Good AV if you buy it.  Free version
self-destructs.


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I don't know about all that self-destruction Mr Flint, but here are your
instructions if you choose to accept them.

Quote from the AntiVir forums.....

"you can download a new keyfile from here:

http://dl1.avgate.net/down/windows/hbedv.key

and copy it to the installation folder of AntiVir (usually it's
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic). You may need to
overwrite the existing hbedv.key file. Then restart your computer.

 From this moment you should be able to update AntiVir. The key is valid
for 3 months, but it will be automatically renewed through updates."

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