Thursday, December 02, 2010

AVG does it AGAIN??!! Windows 64 Bit Programs Trashed by Update

AVG has again released an "update" that is trashing Win 7 64bit programs and leaving users looking at the blue screen of death. It's time that the public took action against AVG by dropping their products. This mistake just should not have made it out to the public. I say that because it's not some problem that affects some 64 bit installs of Win 7. It's a buggy update that crashes EVERY Win 7 system it's installed on. So how does AVG respond. By trying to defend their "procedure" and denying any fault in the beginning only to very shortly having to admit that the most recent "update" to AVG was the reason that Win 7 computers were being made inoperative. Such a think is just unthinkable for a "security" software company. If they can't catch this problem why should anyone think their software can provide security for their computer system.

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On Wednesday night AVG pushed an update for its popular anti-virus product, however instead of enhancing and correcting bugs for the program, it left 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Vista inoperable.

The update (3292) when applied, asks users to reboot their computers, and upon loading up Windows again, the victims are confronted with the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). Even in Safe Mode the same scenario plays out, preventing users from gaining the ability to restore their systems without using a Windows install DVD.

Users have retaliated against AVG on the company's forums, and are simply wondering how something of this magnitude slip by quality control. One user tracked it to the failed loading of a file, "WindowsSystem 32DRIVERSAVGIDSEH.SYS," causing computers to get stuck in a reboot-loop. Those without the ability to use a System Restore point, from either not keeping them or not having the Windows installation DVD are finding that they need to reinstall.

Both versions of AVG are affected, free and subscription-based. While initially AVG moderators were more concerned about policies regarding their product than attempting to help, AVG has now updated their userbase in a blog post on what to do if you're affected, offering three points of assistance:

  • As the definitions update file was removed from the update servers, users who are running Windows 7 and have not downloaded and installed this update [3292] are ok. 

  • Users who have downloaded the update, prompted for a restart, but did not apply the restart yet are advised to manually delete the avgrs[x|a].exe and avgchsv[x|a].exe file from the system.

  • Users who have downloaded the update and applied the system restart should follow the instructions provided on our website:

Unfortunately, those who have already downloaded and installed the update can only be helped if they have the AVG Rescue CD, which the majority of users will not have off the cuff. Their best bet is attempting to get to the Repair Console via their Windows install DVD by booting to the disc and choosing "Launch Repair", to where you a restore point can be selected.

The problematic update has since been pulled, but most likely the damage will already have been done. Testing and quality control has generally been increased among the industry, but at the rate malware protection units need to be updated, some companies have had a tough time testing thoroughly before pushing an update.


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