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I think the Europeans pushed out some license validation code updates to their main consumer product ("Avira AntiVir Premium") that bricked the ongoing operational state of un-updated products. They did this without a warning.

For example :

Quote:
The keyfile contains no valid license. The service will be stopped!

- System

- Provider

[ Name] Avira AntiVir

+ EventID 4117

[ Qualifiers] 49152

Level 2

Task 1

Keywords 0x80000000000000

- TimeCreated

[ SystemTime] 2011-07-21T01:37:35.000000000Z

EventRecordID 11108

Channel Application

Computer ___

- Security

[ UserID] S-1-5-18


- EventData
My license is very valid, it's just if you have your auto-updates for the application (not the definition updates) not set the way they want the program has the possibility it will brick itself with no user input.

After seeing the error I updated the main product and all the symbols in the main window are now green (as usual). Before they were mostly green with some red and yellow (closed umbrella).

The correct configuration for any installation for updates should be option one or option two (below). I believe option one says recommended really it should say "required or else we will brick your AV without warning." Originally I had it set to option three (3) but it seems the company is a little crack-happy with pushing out updates almost every day of the week!!!

As you can see it's now set for selection number two. May these settings please Master AV company.

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interesting.
read this
http://venturebeat.com/2011/07/18/ma...ware-software/
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This is the norm for avira. The license period is displayed in their interface, but it is short and it will require a reinstall if you go too long without an update. I stopped using or recommending them after they started including the spyware toolbar with their updates about a month ago.
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This is the norm for avira. The license period is displayed in their interface, but it is short and it will require a reinstall if you go too long without an update. I stopped using or recommending them after they started including the spyware toolbar with their updates about a month ago.
Spyware toolbar? I use Avira, installed it just a few weeks ago, and I didn't see anything to do with a toolbar installed.

Enlighten me, please.
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They started bundling uniblue with their product:
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/06/29/bew...k-and-uniblue/
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This is the norm for avira. The license period is displayed in their interface, but it is short and it will require a reinstall if you go too long without an update. I stopped using or recommending them after they started including the spyware toolbar with their updates about a month ago.
yeah I think there is a built-in counter or timer which auto-bricks the program if you don't update it like every day or some crap.

they probably did this to make sure nobody steals the program. sort of like a revolving private key system

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Spyware toolbar? I use Avira, installed it just a few weeks ago, and I didn't see anything to do with a toolbar installed.

Enlighten me, please.
pretty sure that's just a euphemism. was disappointed to see they do this.
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They started bundling uniblue with their product:
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/06/29/bew...k-and-uniblue/
Was unaware of that. I haven't had the pop up come up yet.

With that being said... what do I use from now on? Get rid of AV in general and let MSE takeover? Scan occasionally with MWB to catch anything that MSE misses?
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MSE has done so well in tests that I don't hesitate to use it in combination with on-demand scanning from an anti-malware product (malwabytes/superantispyware). The server version (forefront endpoint protection) seems to work extremely well, too.

Unfortunately, Avira still has the better detection engine when it comes to new/unknown malware.
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