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#1 KingdomHearts



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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:14 PM


I am running AVG free and it is notifying me that "File" shell32.dll has a "Result/Infection" of Change.

After searching the web, I have found some discussion boards that call this a benign virus and suggest several options, from replacing the file while in safe mode to restoring to a previous configuration. Other sites such as the AVG free forum:


have posts suggesting that there is no virus, and that this "change" is only a result of a recent Windows Update and that I should simply tell AVG to accept the change and no longer report it.

But...since anyone can post to those boards (including virus wirters themselves), I thought I would check the boards to see if this problem had been posted before. But it had not. So here I am.

Any opinions on this? I am leaning toward simply accepting the change and assuming it was caused by an update, but...

a. since I don't remember ever having gotten this notification before even though I have used Windows Update many times before now


b. since the file details say that the most recent modification to this file occurred way back on the 19th of December,

I thought I would ask about it here, where I have always gotten good help in the past and the users are far more knowledgeable than me.


Note: I would post the file, but I don't know what it contains and if it might be unsafe security-wise to post it.

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