I loaded up Steam this morning to find that in Avast's antivirus regular updates, they've decided that Steam is Win32 Malware or some such. So don't be surprised if you get the same too. The steam forums have a thread on it here for fixes or whatever. Seems this has happened with Avast before.
I sort of just woke up and can't give a definitive fix from my end (win XP svp.3), but the basic step-by-step solution seems to revolve around:
1 Close steam (if it isn't closed/can't run already from avast)
2 Update avast
3 Close any browsers, especially those with naughty tabs
4 Disable avast shields (right-click icon thing down in the menu bar)
5 Open steam, update it
6 Close steam
7 Restore (right click) steam thingies from avast virus chest list (under "maintenance"), then remove/delete them
8 Turn on avast shields again
9 Try running steam again
10 Bang head off keyboard when that ladies voice pops up again
11 Click "false positive" on the pop up window QUICKLY BEFORE IT GOES AWAY
12 Cry because you can't play any of your summer sale purchases
13 Send error report thing to avast (tick box that says "I know what I'm doing")
14 Cry again because the L4D2 Cold Stream campaign just got released
15 Get on with life.
[Just an FYI to everyone is that if you do end up deleting the .dll file from the virus chest before restoring it (even though the file won't disappear from the chest's list, but after that I think you can delete it from the list, because it will still be there in the list), Steam might not be able to update due to the lack of said file. The steam installer won't fix it either.
So, if you have already deleted the .dll file without restoring it and have this problem, just copy the steamapps folder to another location onto your computer, uninstall and reinstall steam, and then move the folder back in to its proper location. That should do it. Courtesy of]
Additional steps that can be added in at any stage are:
- Post topic on GB
- Drink coffee
- Fap again
- Respond to sarky remarks in GB topic
- Probably go to your school or office or wherever you get/spend money
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