How To Make Active Virus Shield Obtain Updates

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:32 am

Active Virus Shield is an AOL rebranded Kaspersky anti virus. Recently AOL stopped offering the anti virus and starting September people who installed AVS can not obtain signature updates since AOL do not post them on their servers.

Since AVS is basically a Kaspersky anti virus you can make a simple hack that will make AVS to update the signature files from Kaspersky servers instead of the AOL server, thus keeping your anti virus program updated with the latest virus signatures.

All you need to do is update your HOSTS file. Follow these steps:

  • Open your file explorer and navigate to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
  • In the etc folder you’ll find a file named hosts. Edit this file in Notepad
  • Add the following line to the bottom of the hosts file: download.newaol.com
  • Save the hosts file and close Notepad
  • Right click your Active Virus Shield tray icon and select Update in the menu

That is it. Now AVS will obtain the updates from Kaspersky server


17 Responses to “How To Make Active Virus Shield Obtain Updates”

  1. Robb Says:

    Great tip!

  2. AVS Fan Says:

    1. shutdown Kaspersky ActiveVirusShield. Closing the main window is not enough, please click on the systray icon and exit.
    2. locate the XML file listing the update servers. It’s usually located in directory C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AOL\AVP6\Data and the name of the file is aol-updcfg.xml
    3. edit that file and remove the two following lines

    <site2 url=”ftp://download.newaol.com/avs/update/mirror/” diff_url=”diffs” weight=”10000001″ region=”*” />
    <site2 url=”http://download.newaol.com/avs/update/mirror/” diff_url=”diffs” weight=”10000000″ region=”*” />

    4. save the file
    5. restart ActiveVirusShield and launch an update from the systray icon’s contextual menu.

  3. A Fan to Says:

    Second Tip works only once, since update replaces aol-updcfg.xml with buggy version. So use the hosts-trick.

  4. chris Says:

    nice one

  5. Hackman Says:

    Don’t go fucking with your host file (Vista users won’t even be able to, it a protected system file). The other solution is better and much more elegant.
    Also, it keeps working, in contrast to what “A fan to” says.
    Yes, after editing aol-updcfg.xml and updating, it is replaced again with exactly the same version (not buggy), but update keeps working.
    If in the future maybe update again doesn’t work, just delete the aol lines again and make the file read only, or change NTFS permissions to read only.

  6. Simon Says:

    how does redirecting all calls to download.aol.com back to my own machine help me keep avs updated? Just wondering…

  7. Aviran Mordo Says:

    Once AVS sees that the server is not reachable it’ll try to connect to a different server, i.e Kaspersky servers

  8. abs Says:

    Thanks for this.. worked straight away. The problem had been bugging me for weeks.

  9. Falewick Says:

    Setting the file to read only doesnt work as well - but updates are being performed - in the log it encounters an error as it tries to reach aol, then it tries Kaspersky. Good enough. Only problem is that AVS application (program, not updates) will never be updated again (it is fine now, but eventually it will get obsolete) and we dont know for how long will Kaspersky kindly tolerate AVS users..?

    more info http://www.glazman.org/weblog/dotclear/index.php?2007/09/04/3781-kaspersky-by-aol-discontinuied

  10. ZheCk Says:

    Seems like that moment arrived.
    After 1st January 2008 the program is not orking anymore and asks to subscribe to the new McAfee version.
    Any way to get around that?

  11. Aviran Mordo Says:

    I’m not aware of any way to circumvent that

  12. HannaH Says:

    I still don’t get it…..

  13. Spek Says:

    Does it work anymore? Anyone broke it?? thnx for ansver

  14. Aviran Mordo Says:

    It does not work anymore. However AOL are giving away free Mcafee AV so you can use that instead

  15. Erkan Says:

    thank you very much for this excellent advice. it worked : )

  16. paolo Says:

    thank you!

  17. Anonymous Says:

    dont try on own pc

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