Disabling AV/AT when Installing?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Robyn, Mar 31, 2006.

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  1. Robyn

    Robyn Registered Member

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    I have been listenning to some podcasts about Rootkits plus reading about them on forums.

    Something which I was wondering about was the fact when I install any software (after scanning it if it was downloaded)
    I would normally disconnect from my ADSL and then shut down my security software eg NOD32 + BOclean.
    This is something I have always adhered to especially when the software recommends shutting down running applications.

    Back to the Rootkit worry - should I be leaving NOD + BOClean running when I install as they may detect a rootkit in the actual installer?
    I only install 'trusted' software and if possible purchased on disc or online as registered but would like extra advice on the possiblity if a nasty rootkit was lurking would it be detected on the last reboot for the install when the security software is active on boot?

    I hope this makes sense.
     
  2. Magnus Mischel

    Magnus Mischel Security Expert

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    You shouldn't shut down your security software when installing applications. The "you are strongly recommended to close all running applications" is hogwash in 99% of cases and is only there to protect the software makers from liability. (Think McDonald's-hot-coffee-suit. They now inform you on the cup that the coffee is indeed hot.) The only case where I would shut down all running applications is if I were installing a service pack, driver upgrade or anything similar which might make low-level modifications to the system.
     
  3. Robyn

    Robyn Registered Member

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    Thank you for this clarifcation I was always wondering if this would be detrimental but now I know for sure.
    Appreciate your reply and will leave my security running with future installs.

    Thank you
     
  4. Alphalutra1

    Alphalutra1 Registered Member

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    The only time I would consider disabling security apps is if you are flashing your router with firmware. If your av gives a false positive in the middle of the upgrade, then your router could end up being bricked(bricked is basically what the name suggests, its only function is working like a brick, no more useful electronics :D ).

    On all other occasions, I always keep my security software running.

    Alphalutra1
     
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