There is a host file change that we do make, but I've never seen it called that. I did forward this to our Windows devs to see if they are somehow related.
John talked about it on this thread and Windows Defender marks it as a potential threat, but I haven't seen that file before.
I will post back as soon as I know something more.
To give you a little more insight, the host file changes are to allow us to see, rate, and filter searches on Google. You may actually see a pop up the first time you do a Google search about how SSL has been turned off.
I am assuming that your version of Windows is 64 bit, but could you confirm that for me?
yes I have seen that Google search pop up. So the notification of the ole32.dll and the Microsoft.Net are all tied in to this as well? They pop up when I do the anti virus disinfect scan saying they are not working properly. After each scan it restarts my computer and asks me to scan again with the same results. I am running 64 bit yes. I never seemed to have this issue with Kaspersky and Covenant Eyes on any of the previous versions though. So I need to switch my anti virus software?
We've had this change in Beta versions since February, but haven't really pushed any of those versions unless they helped fix a problem so maybe 10% of our Windows sign-ins are on versions that include the change. What we have seen on Mac, which did a full release of the change in March, is that Kaspersky actually deletes the hosts file when disinfect is run so Kaspersky and CE go round and round on it complete with the warning messages.
If you did want to switch antiviruses to something that is more Covenant Eyes friendly, I checked with the Customer Service team and they recommend AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials. Both of those are free. If you prefer a paid antivirus, I was told Norton is okay.
1. Uninstall, run Kaspersky to verify that everything is clear and reinstall to make absolutely certain that it is a Kaspersky/Covenant Eyes issue.
2. Install the 18.104.22.1680 version of Covenant Eyes for Windows. It has the malicious downloads message attached, but Chrome will let you download it by jumping through warnings. Internet Explorer does not issue any warnings that I know of. Firefox will not allow the download.
If you do do that, you may want to consider putting it on a drive or a shared space with your other work computers so you don't have to jump through all of the hoops multiple times.
We have received word that Chrome works for people who have uninstalled and reinstalled that version. They also were talking about releasing a patch which may solve that problem.
3. Change antiviruses.
There is a beta that should be available in about a week that works better with Kaspersky, but it still won't be the optimum Covenant Eyes experience.
You can also call our Customer Support line, but I know they've been pretty slammed today so the wait time is long enough that I wanted to try and avoid that if possible for your sake and theirs.
Does that help?