Autumnfox (foxymoonheart) wrote,
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Antivir Ad Solution

I've been a fan of Antivir antivirus for awhile now, since it scored very high on various benchmark tests (much, much better at finding viruses than Norton, and on par with Panda), and it's completely free for personal use.

Since version 7, however, I've been getting an annoying popup ad every time the scheduler runs. Disabling the scheduler now also seems to disallow manual updating. Terribly annoying. Well folks, I think I've found the solution! :) (And it's perfectly legal, which is always important.)

In Windows XP, here's what you've got to do:

If you haven't enabled administrative tools, or aren't sure, do this (you'll need to be logged in as an administrator):
  1. Right click on the taskbar, and hit "properties".
  2. Here, hit the "strart menu" tab, then the "customize" button.
  3. Now select the "advanced" tab and scroll in the "start menu items" all the way to the bottom.
  4. Make sure under "system administrative tools" that the "display on the all programs menu" is selected.
  5. Select "OK" for all these menus.
If you have administrative tools showing (or just finished the above), do this (you'll need to be logged in as an administator):
  1. Go to Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy
  2. Here, left-click on the "software restriction policies".
  3. If nothing is listed in the right-hand frame, you'll need to hit "action" from the menu, then "create new policies" or something like that (I forget). Just follow what's said in the right-hand frame.
  4. You should be able to expand the "software restriction policies" folder now, so do so, and select "additional rules".
  5. In the right-pane, right-click and select "new hash rule".
  6. Here, click "browse" and locate "avnotify.exe". This is likely to be found here: "c:/program files/antivir personal edition classic/avnotify.exe".
  7. After you select "avnotify.exe", you'll see it's replaced by a string. That's how it should be, no worries.
  8. Under "security level", be sure that "disallowed" is selected, then hit "OK".
That's it! You should get no more popup ads when Antivir updates! Yay! If someone's running Windows 2000 (or possibly other versions), I'd be curious to see if this works there as well.

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