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):
- Right click on the taskbar, and hit "properties".
- Here, hit the "strart menu" tab, then the "customize" button.
- Now select the "advanced" tab and scroll in the "start menu items" all the way to the bottom.
- Make sure under "system administrative tools" that the "display on the all programs menu" is selected.
- Select "OK" for all these menus.
- Go to Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy
- Here, left-click on the "software restriction policies".
- 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.
- You should be able to expand the "software restriction policies" folder now, so do so, and select "additional rules".
- In the right-pane, right-click and select "new hash rule".
- Here, click "browse" and locate "avnotify.exe". This is likely to be found here: "c:/program files/antivir personal edition classic/avnotify.exe".
- After you select "avnotify.exe", you'll see it's replaced by a string. That's how it should be, no worries.
- Under "security level", be sure that "disallowed" is selected, then hit "OK".