German security company Avira is experiencing serious technical difficulties.
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Avira sometimes kills them and stops Windows from booting, but that's not the end of it.
The update is also blocking other Microsoft software (such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Works) as well as various third-party applications, including Byki 4 Express, Documents To Go, Garmin, Google Talk, i Pod and Palm services, Opera, Open DNS Updater, Polipo, Shadow, Stickies, and many others.
In other words, almost every executable file is being falsely detected by this update.
The good news is that the free edition (Avira Anti Vir Personal) does not include Pro Activ, so it is not affected.
The bad news is that the paid consumer editions (Avira Antivirus Premium and Avira Internet Security) as well the business edition (Avira Professional Security) do have it, and thus are affected.
Our enterprise uses Avira's Business Bundle extensively. Upon arriving at work this morning, users were greeted with an Avira update prompting them to restart their machines. Unfortunately, upon reboot, most users could not log in, as Pro-Activ was blocking the login process.
We have 100 centrally managed users at this site alone, and a dozen users we support on the road. Some users managed to log in, but they could not open Outlook, Excel, or any other apps, due to them being blocked by Pro-Activ.
We quickly informed all users not to reboot, but most had done so already, or ignored our advisory.
After checking this forum and finding the cause of the problem (while waiting on hold with business support), we pushed out a configuration update to disable Pro-Activ. However, the off-site users received the update, but are now unable to connect to the VPN to receive the centrally-deployed configuration update.