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    Avast Antivirus installation problems in Win8

    Hello all,
    I've been having issues installing the free version of Avast Antivirus (version 7) onto my Win8 Pro desktop. I've since removed it, but it was causing my machine to constantly give me the BSOD (specifically, the "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error). It pointed to the file ndis.sys as the one causing the error. I've read sources online that most antivirus programs don't like to talk to the system very well on Windows 8, and I'm left with using the built-in Windows Defender system. I would sure like to use something a little better than that, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -Joe

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    The last we heard Avast 7 is NOT compatible with Win 8. Drop it for now and try AVG 2013 AV free. Includes surfing and email protection as well.
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    Medico,
    Thanks for your advice. I'll give it a go and let you know what I find out.

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    bytor55110, a patch for Avast has been recently released, which should resolve the blue screen crashes on Windows 8.
    read this Avast forum topic for the patch:
    http://forum.avast.com/index.php?top...8781#msg858781

    first, you must upgrade Avast to the newest build before applying the patch.
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    AVG 2013 free is working very well for me on 2 separate laptops. It includes email and browsing protection along with AV protection. It actually includes more than is shown on the comparison web page with it's paid alternative, which is good news.
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    Medico,
    Was it necessary to disable Windows Defender to avoid conflicts with AVG? If so, why did you choose to go with AVG?

    Rich

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    WD is disabled automatically by the system when another AV app is installed. I did not have to do anything other than install AVD 2013 free.
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    What do you see as advantages with AVG?

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    I do not see big advantages over WD. I just feel I do not want to put all my cookies in one jar so to speak. I do not wish to trust all my security to MS. I use their firewall, AVG AV and a hardware firewall. Also, AVG specializes in AV whereas MS has started including AV/AM apps just recently. I also have read some reports that AVG received somewhat higher marks at eliminating attacks.

    I have used MSE and then WD until Win 8 Pro, but just felt a change was in order.

    The last I looked Avast was not working well with Win 8, but I have not checked in the last couple of months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medico View Post

    The last I looked Avast was not working well with Win 8, but I have not checked in the last couple of months.
    that was before a recent Avast aswnet.sys patch (mentioned in my previous post) was released to fix the crashes on Windows 8 and improve Win8 support. the patch is for all editions (free, pro, internet security) of Avast 7.0.1474. a newer and upcoming program update will include this fix and add full Win8 support for Avast.

    it seems that Windows 8 support is now added to the system requirements page for Avast free edition:
    http://www.avast.com/en-us/free-antivirus-download#tab4
    but for Avast Pro and Avast Internet Security programs, the system requirements pages have not mentioned Win8 yet - that will soon change.

    a few other antivirus programs like Avira have yet to be Windows 8 compatible so avoid AVIRA at all costs until sometime in 2013. many others are already Win8 ready.
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    '55110',

    There is no need to install security w/ Windows 8. It is, already, embedded and ON, by default right out of the box. Avast is good, has been for a long time but, no need to bother with it or similar things, now that Windows 8 is here

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    But how do you bring the Default Actions in Windows Defender under your control? I see no way to modify these settings.

    I don't want the Nir Sofer Utilities automatically removed without my consent each time I download them.
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    AVG 2013 allows me to ignore the Nirsoft Utilities. Many of the Nirsoft Utilities do trigger the AV modes in AV apps. Same thing happens with AVG 2013, but the pop up when it does allows me to place the offender in the ignore column. Then, in future boots, it is ignored.
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    Windows Defender takes a Default Action to Remove Automatically the Nir Sofer utilities. No recourse I have found. I know other AV programs are more flexible. I was asking specifically about bringing WD Defaults under user control.
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    If you click on the Show details link under the Clean PC button when you get a Windows defender has detected a potential threat window, you get a new window where you can select allow for this file. Defender should remember tis action in the future for this file.
    I just verified this with a Nirsoft utility.

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