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    AVG Question

    Hi

    I get the following when running AVG (free version) on my laptop. Should I be worried? It doesn't report anything else. Is it a virus? Should I re-install Windows?

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    Re: AVG Question

    Hi RJP,
    Welcome to the Lounge.

    I don't use AVG but all that report indicates is that "something" has changed your Hosts & shell32.DLL files.
    That could be normal OR it could be a problem. There just isn't enough information in that screenshot to tell any more.

    You should NOT have to re-install Windows.

    Do you have AVG set up to monitor any changes in your system files? Check under Options within the AVG program itself.

    Could you go into your Hosts file in the location it indicates and give us a screenshot of the file?
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    Re: AVG Question

    I certainly wouldn't consider a reinstall based on just that report. It's quite common for legitimate changes to system files to occur, in the course of Windows security updates. In all probability, such detected changes are benign, in the absence of any other alerts. I use AVG myself and accept such reports as a matter of course. IMO, it's a rather archaic feature of AV programs, based on the presumption that the O/S is never meant to be changed or upgraded.

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    Re: AVG Question

    That is just a change in the Windows system DLLs.
    It may be good or bad.

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