Avira Antivir Personal Edition Classic Question

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  1. besafe

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    I am trialing various AV's to look for a replacement for NOD32. On one PC I have AVAST. On the other I have Avira Antivir. So far, I like Avira a little better.

    But one thing I really don't care for with Antivir is the nag screen that begs me to upgrade to premium every day. I have read about ways of deactiviating this program in Windows XP, but what about in Vista?


    I can find the file that launches the screen....avnotify.exe

    I can click on "properties".

    Then click "security".

    Then "edit"

    I see the following options which I can either check allow or deny for:

    Full Control
    Modify
    read and execute
    read
    write
    special permission

    Should I change one of those settings?

    Do I need to be in safe mode?

    Is anyone running Avira PE Classic in Vista and if so, have you deactivated the nag screen? Would appreciate your input.
     
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  3. besafe

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    I appreciate the links you provided, thank you. I had actually already searched the forum and had found several of these. Nonetheless, I truly appreciate your response.

    However, I am specifically looking for a way to block the nag sceen in VISTA. Was the solution in the links you provided and I just missed it?
     
  4. Trespasser

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    I'm running Vista

    Avira Avnotify disable

    1. Start-> Control Panel

    2. Administrative tools-> Local security policy

    3. Click on Software Restriction Policy-> Action (at the top)-> create new restriction policies

    4. Right-click additional rules (on the right side)-> new path rule

    5. Click Browse and navigate to c:\program files\Antivir\ and double-click avnotify.exe-> set the security level to Disallowed-> apply-> ok

    This works.

    Later.
     
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    When I go to control panel and eventually find Administrative tools, LOCAL SECURITY POLICY is not an option.

    Must you be logged on as the secret admin account to access this?

    Also, start...run...secpol.msc does not work either.
     
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    besafe,
    In Control Panel>Administrative Tools it's between iSCSI Initiator and Memory Diagnostics Tool.
     
  8. besafe

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    In my control panel, those 2 are right next to each other with nothing inbetween. Running Windows Vista Premium Home.

    I believe that for security puproses, I may have disabled the secret Admin account. Could that be the problem?
     
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    No idea. The Local Security Policy selection has always been there for me. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
     
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    Maybe he has to go on the administrator account in safe mode
     
  11. besafe

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    I did the following and I believe it worked. I have not seen the nag screen today or after updating twice yesterday since doing the following in Vista Premium Home:

    1. Explorer
    2. Program Filers...antivirpersonerdition classic
    3. Right click on AV Notify
    4. Properties...security
    5. Under the group or username SYSTEM click edit
    6. Put a checkmark under the DENY column for "read and execute".

    Didn't need to be in safe mode or logged on as the hidden system admin.

    Anyway, so far so good. I will modify this post if I find that this did not work.

    PS...Thanks for everyone's input. Even though I was unable to execute the solutions you pointed me to, I am thankful that you took the time to try and help me :)
     
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    I actually like the new nag updated nag screen :thumb: but i guess that's just silly me.
     
  13. Diver

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    Nag or no nag, I ran Avira for about a day under Vista and ditched it because of several false positives. At least to me, it is useless.
     
  14. Thanasis159

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    Is there any way to also disable the splash screen in windows startup?
     
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    Good question. I'd like the answer to that one though the splash screen isn't that bad.


    P.S.
    Good for you, besafe.
     
  16. besafe

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    I have been trialing this on one of my PC's for a week or so. So I don't at all claim to be an expert on Avir Antivir. But what I have found is that if I put the program in expert mode, it does find a number of false positives. If I leave the program in it's standard default installation mode, zero false positives so far.

    It is working for me. But hey, one man's trash is another man's treasure!
     
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    Good information, of course one must ask what the difference in detection is between the two modes. I was using expert mode. One would think that just gave more options and settings, but obviously the difference is substantive.

    Anyway, what I thought is because Vista has built in anti spyware protection, one should not be concerned about using Avira (or AVG free) that lack spyware definitions.
     
  18. besafe

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    Relying on Vista's built in protection would be a mistake in my book. At least, as your sole antispyware protection.

    If nothing else, consider downlaoding SAS free to be your primary spyware scanner. It will find all kinds of stuff that Windows Defender misses.
     
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    Can you back that up with a recent test? Granted the first tests of Windows Defender showed it to be weak, but the same was true of One Care and it is now showing great improvement.
     
  20. Johnny123

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    Make this registry change, adding the /min /nosplash" to the end:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
    "avgnt"="\"C:\\Programme\\AntiVir PersonalEdition Premium\\avgnt.exe\" /min /nosplash"
     
  21. Thanasis159

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    Thanks man... I will try it and report results. I found a similar topic in the antivir forum but they said that you couldn't disable it!
     
  22. Thanasis159

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    It worked man!!! I am really grateful for this! Thanks!
     
  23. JimF

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    While the experts are all assembled here, even if a little off topic, what about the icon in the tray? Could at least the color be changed? It is a bit of an eyesore.
     
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