AVG flip-flops over fake traffic fiasco
Security vendor AVG has issued an updated version of its AVG 8 anti-virus software that fixes the fake traffic issue that has caused a huge online backlash amongst web masters the world over...The Register was the first to notice a spike in site traffic in May. It was a little perplexed as not only did it have more readers than ever before but "more than a few ho-hum stories attracted an audience worthy of a Pulitzer Prize winner." A little digging from El Reg discovered that the real culprit was not a sudden and dramatic upsurge in the demand for technology news, but rather some odd behaviour by a malware scanner. When AVG acquired Exploit Prevention Labs it also got its hands on a malware scanning tool called LinkScanner. This quite cleverly pre-scans your search engine results before you start link-clicking to filter out malicious hits.
The full story is at ITWire.com.