I've been a long-time devotee of Avast AV but it's got to the point where the program's impact on my boot times is just, well, unforgiveable. Nor am I alone: it seems there are many, many Avast users out there who're growing weary of Avast's impact on their systems.
I've tried various adjustments of Avast's parameters (according to various forum recommendations) and even uninstalling / re-installing. I've also had WinPatrol PRO place it on delayed start-up. But the issue persists: Avast effectively freezes my computer whilst its orange ball slo-oooooowly spins in the tray. No chance of opening an app. No chance of speeding up a boot time that's now nearly four whole minutes (or longer.) No chance of actually using the sodding computer when delayed start-up kicks in and Avast takes over everything. (Oh, my start-up apps / services are the absolute bare minimum, I'm not daft enough to throw a ton of stuff at this computer at start-of-session.)
I've had enough. Any recommendations for a free AV that's as good at protection as Avast is?
Or is it the case that the sheer breadth of Avast's protection means the lonnnnng slo-oooow crawl of boot-up is a price must inevitably be paid for this freeware??
NB: Just for the record, Avast doesn't recognize the problem. Yeah. Right.
I'm using Panda Cloud now, and it's definitely lighter than Avast. I made the transition long ago when avast 7 came out and unleashed a world of bloat to my pc. Check out Panda's detection rates on avcomparatives and avtest, it's definitely up there among the best.
I have now switched from Avira to Avast to Panda. Let's hope Panda doesn't ruin their product.
I also had a chuckle when I saw it was MikeR, not his usual type of post or comment.
I tend to agree with his comment that Avast doesn't recognize the problem, many don't want to admit that some of their updates occasionally do create problems or issues.
I generally wait before I update Avast, about a week or 2, give them time to work out the issues and then I update.
At this point, I'm not experiencing the same issue that MikeR is, so I'm thinking it could be other things that are causing the problem for him. It could be the computer itself, i.e Avast not being compatible with it. (example, I can't use Comodo because it just doesn't want to work properly on my pc.) It could be issues with other SW conflicting with Avast. The first thing that came to mind is Outpost Firewall, it has to be set (when installing) to work with Avast, or set after installation.
It could be anything. Maybe if MikeR could post what make of pc he has and what OS, or what other SW he has, etc. then maybe we can sort out the issue.
Right now I'm using an Acer Aspire (an old pc, approx 6 or 7 yrs old) 2.2 GHz AMD Athlon 64 with Win 7 Premium 32 bit, with Outpost Firewall free, Avast (v.7.0.1426,) Malwarebytes, and WinPatrol for security. I'm also using an old D-Link Router (again about 6 – 7 yrs old) and a modem/router from my IP.
This is the pc on which I'm not experiencing any issues with Avast.
Today I will be working on my new pc a Lenovo ThinkCentre (continuing with setting it up) with 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad core, Win 7 Pro 64 bit, current security is Kaspersky (I put it on temporarily, it was a freebie when my son purchased a netbook at Xmas, until I could get 64 bit installation file for Outpost) other security is Malwarebytes, and WinPatrol. Today I will be installing Outpost and Avast, so will get back later with info on how my new pc works with them installed.
Note: I want to mention that my laptop, an Acer Aspire AMD dual core (also about 6 – 7 yrs old) with Win XP Media Edition, did have Outpost and Avast, along with Malwarebytes and WinPatrol. At Xmas I uninstalled Outpost and Avast and installed Kaspersky and found a vast improvement on boot load time.
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