Oh Avast Antivirus, why hath thou foresaken thee?
For the past few years, I've been using Avast antivirus free for my AV needs, it's exceptionally light and quick. However, last night it updated to version 8 and needed a reboot to complete, I didn't bother since I was shutting off the computer anyway. This morning, I turn the computer on and as it's booting up it crashes, BSOD (blue screen of death). I reboot and it gets all the way through the boot this time, reports the BSOD serious error, and a few moments later it BSODs again. I realize the update is likely the cause unless I'm having a hardware failure, so I search and sure enough Avast 8 running opposite Zone Alarm firewall (a very good firewall) causes BSODs, it's been known for weeks in beta and they launched it gold anyway! WHO DOES THAT?!?
I uninstall Avast and install Zone Alarm's antivirus module to the firewall, but it turns out that thing is a memory and resource pig AND if I get an email virus it will wait until the email lands in Thunderbird, my email program, and then remove that entire email folder instead of the single infected email - obviously that's no good. So I had to uninstall Zone Alarm Firewall+Antivirus, reinstall Zone Alarm Firewall without the insane AV, and then track down another effective, non-hog antivirus, eventually going with AVG since it's fairly low resource and works well with Thunderbird.
At this point I'm thinking I should just stuff it all and get a Chromebook. Ha! No, nobody's really thinking that. :p