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Old 1st May 2017, 06:26 PM   #1
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Just had four virus warnings from AVG relating to pictures in the thread "Identification of Amperex 12AX7a ECC83" in Tubes/Valves. Anyone else had problems there?
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Old 1st May 2017, 06:30 PM   #2
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Not seeing anything untoward but I don't use AVG. Could it be from advert on the page ?
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Old 2nd May 2017, 09:08 AM   #3
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Maybe. I don't want to risk going back there.
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Old 4th May 2017, 11:39 PM   #4
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I had the same thing yesterday!!
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Old 5th May 2017, 02:25 AM   #5
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Hmm. I just installed AVG to check this (desktop OSX as well as AVG tuneup) and don't get anything. AVG does like to throw false positives to make it look like it's doing something, not that I disregard the threat or possibility of an issue in any way at all.

Bolly - were you on the "Identification of Amperex 12AX7a ECC83" page?

There are 5 images directly linked into the first page from "http://www.codekinesis.com/". This appears to be a legit (but stale and possibly compromised) website, but perhaps they got hacked. It seems normal now. AVG reports no threats on their site in the last 30 days codekinesis.com | Website Safety Report & Reviews For codekinesis.com

Google (who I personally regard with higher confidence and professionalism) says:

So... at this stage... unsure what might have caused AVG to blip. If you see this kind of thing again, please take a screenshot, save any specifics about filenames, errors, etc. Very unlikely it could have come through our Adserver, we only use Google for our ads and they do have strict rules about their ads however there have been breeches previously (that affected pretty much every site on the net).
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Old 10th May 2017, 12:38 AM   #6
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Jason, yes that exact page, haven't been back but just went there 2 minutes ago, here's the screenshot
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Old 10th May 2017, 12:53 AM   #7
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I downloaded that file individually, ran it through Virus total which uses AVG's latest virus signature database from 9th May 2017, and it tested AOK on 56 different scanners:

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/0...is/1494377334/

I also tried it on a number of other scanners, and it comes back clean. Can you please ensure you are using today's virus signature database? Are you using the latest version of AVG?
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Old 10th May 2017, 01:02 AM   #8
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One possibility, is that as you appear to be running Internet Explorer / Windows, the webserver is compromised and it only is serving up malware to browser user agents that it can hope to infect (I use a Mac). To cater for this rare possibility, I have manually downloaded all the images and uploaded them to the forum manually. There are no longer any links to codekinesis.com anymore.

Can you please tell me if the error is still reported, now that the (hopefully) clean files are local and not URLs to an external site?
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Old 11th May 2017, 12:34 PM   #9
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I have just got back from holiday and tried that thread again. No problems reported. Unclear what we can deduce from this, except that it is consistent with Jason's suggestion. I am still using XP (please don't all shout at me - AVG still supports XP). Sometime later this year I will be moving on to Ubuntu, as W10 horrifies me.

Thanks to Jason for spending so much time and effort on this.
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Old 11th May 2017, 12:57 PM   #10
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If you haven't already, you can try the Enterprise editions of W10 for free.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/eval...-10-enterprise

You need an MS account but hey, everyone has got one of those

Just a thought
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