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Update your AVG now

False-positives are bound to happen with any sort of security software, not matter who you’re hosted with. Unfortunately, it just happened to be us this time.

In this case, AVG received one suspect report and chose to block their customers from all 25 million WordPress.com blogs rather than contact us. There’s nothing that we can do to prevent situations like this, and you may want to consider seeking another security service if they make a habit out of this.

Happiness Engineer

AVG has replied and it was definitely a false-positive on their end.

Users will need to update following this guide to remove the warning: http://www.avg.com/us-en/faq.num-3271

via http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/virus-alert-because-of-share-buttons?replies=20#post-774325

11 thoughts on “Update your AVG now

  1. I do blog as people know, but much of my business is observing the web and testing various things we all use. Things like this can and do happen and AVG responded quickly. The moral of the story is choose services that have high reliability and respond quickly if there is a problem. It’s a complicated world wide web out there and the technicalities can stagger the mind. Old links to defunct and neglected websites on your blogs can sometimes cause problems also. Two days ago Chrome blocked me from one of my site links because the website linked to had been compromised. I got it cleaned up quickly. Apparently the owner of the website has “been away for a while”.

    • Hi Stephen,
      Yes AVG responded when WordPress.com Staff contacted them, and you’re right about old links as well. Technical glitches are inevitable but what surprised me is AVG responding to a single complaint by putting up a warning on all 25 million WordPress.com blogs. I assumed that they would contact Staff if they got a complaint and before they acted on it. Now we know that isn’t the case, let’s hope this doesn’t happen again.

      I hope you have a lovely holiday. :)

  2. It seems everything these days is worrisome. :(

    You didn’t really mean it when you said it. Even if you are the “timethief” … there’s lots not to worry about OR about which to worry.


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