AVG's LinkScanner is disrupting net traffic numbers

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  1. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    AVG has rejiggered the fake traffic it's spewing across the internet, causing new headaches for the world's webmasters.
    In late February, AVG paired its updated anti-virus engine with a real-time malware scanner that vets search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, this LinkScanner automatically visits each address that turns up on Google's results page.
    According to the company, more than 20 million people have downloaded the new AVG 8, and this has caused a huge up-tick in traffic on sites across the web, including The Register. Because the scanner attempts to disguise itself as a real live human click, webmasters who rely on log files for their traffic numbers may be unaware their stats are skewed. And others complain that LinkScanner has added extra dollars to their bandwidth bill.






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  2. trouphaz

    trouphaz New Member

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    that link scanner thing is a pain in the ass. i always make sure to disable it on install.
     
  3. dissonance

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    Interesting, I didn't think about that.

    I'm proud to say that I'm not part of the bandwidth uptick (though I didn't install that part of AVG anyway.. I don't think). I got sick of the new AVG and switched to Avast (tried Kaspersky but it wouldn't install with ZoneAlarm, stated it was not compatible).
     
  4. Limp_Brisket

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    yup, i read about this before, it's the dumbest thing i've ever heard. as if it's not enough to scan the stuff right before we access it...
     
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    I'm glad I've moved on to Avast.
     
  6. EkriirkE

    EkriirkE Zika Xenu OT Supporter

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    When I saw that shit, i disabled it in AVG, but then AVG started bitching about components being turned off :mad: so i was forced to turn it on. luckily disabling it in the browser itself worked w/o causing AVG to complain
     
  7. Limp_Brisket

    Limp_Brisket New Member

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    who cares if it bitches. i've had the resident shield turned off ever since i installed it and all it does is put a red exclamation next to it.
     
  8. trouphaz

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    http://free.grisoft.com/ww.faq.num-1241

     
  9. Sexual Vanilla

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    Or..............you can simply choose "Custom Installation" when installing AVG and disable LinkScanner there. :hsugh:
     
  10. Limp_Brisket

    Limp_Brisket New Member

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    Or..........you can just stick with AVG 7 like me =)
     
  11. dissonance

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    Or............ .......... you can just dislike the fact that they bundle in extrememly annoying features that you can't disable or can't disable without being annoyed and switch to Avast
     
  12. EkriirkE

    EkriirkE Zika Xenu OT Supporter

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    I didn't see that option :o
    nor did I know about the switches above. oh well, too late
     
  13. The Great Deceiver

    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    That's fucking stupid, reminds me of how the new youtube auto-complete search slows me the hell down. The whole concept is flawed, it's kind of like pre-emptive war. I remember they had a firefox internet speed accelerator extension that downloaded and cached all the links in the current page, so that when you click any of them, it loads instantly :rolleyes:
     
  14. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, no doubt. Can you imagine being on dial up with this running?

    :eek3:
     

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