Avast AV taking too long to start

By jimflint1
Dec 9, 2010
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  1. So I've had Avast AV free edition for years, and in the past it has pretty much initiated at more than five minutes from the time I start my computer until the AV is up and running. That is until just a week or so ago. Since that time, it has been taking 20-30 minutes before it is fully up and running.

    Any ideas as to what could be happening?

    (Windows XP sp3)
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Is it trying to do a scan when the computer is turned on?
  3. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    I don't think so. I think it's trying to download updates because after the little popup message appears and a voice says "Virus database has been updated", it's ready to roll. Unfortunately, now it's taking 5-6 times longer than it was for that step to happen. If that's what's happening.
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Try disabling automatic update, and then reboot the computer and see if that solves the issue.

    If it does, I would recommend you reset your internet connection (modem/router), and clean up your temp internet files etc. Then try an update again and see if the performance changes.

    If not, check your firewall settings. It should know to leave the update for your AV alone, but its possible the firewall is interfering with the AV updates.

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