Avast Security Warning When Opening Opera

The last week or so, when I opened up Opera, I would get a security warning concerning a website it blocked named laqur.check-stat.com. I checked online but couldn’t find out much about the site. I went to the Opera forum to see what other info I could find out. It was suggested it might be an extension that I have installed that might be trying to connect to the site in question.

I could disable all the extensions and enable them one by one and try to isolate the culprit but that sounded very time-consuming, so that would be Plan B. I decided on Plan A first– check the Avast logs and hope it had logged the event and the main suspect.

I checked Avast for any logs but couldn’t find anything that referenced it. I opened Opera and the warning message popped up. I noticed the option on the warning message to See details. I didn’t pay attention to this at first. So I clicked on it.

Sure enough, when the details panel opened underneath, it clearly stated the culprit was the Video Downloader For Facebook. I have no intentions of dumping this downloader right now, so until I come across a better extension, I’m going to keep using it and let Avast do its job.

6 thoughts on “Avast Security Warning When Opening Opera”

  1. Hello Terry, I’ve just contacted Avast to check this for a possible false positive detection. I’ll post back as soon as I receive a reply. (This is the weekend, so I don’t expect anything till Mon.)

  2. I’ve just received a reply from Avast, and this is not a false positive.
    Here is their reply:
    Jakub Vávra 1 minute ago
    detection correct, the site is part of a malicious chrome addon which hijacks clicked links. suggest removing the addon Video downloader for Facebook.
    Time to look for a replacement for that tool. Sorry.

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