Hi all... (any of the Anti-malware team are welcome to weigh in on this.) As noted, my system is running XPSP3, fully updated, with Online Armor for firewall. The system is an older Gateway laptop, Original Specs I have fully expanded the memory a couple years ago, and replaced the hard drive about the same time. (Western Digital 128gb, now with about 56gb free) I also have a Toshiba USB external drive. (150gb, with about 20gb free) Other than that, stock (no overclocking etc). Crystaldiskinfo is reporting drive health (both drives) as good. Everest reports cpu temp at 60c/140f right now, usually it will be lower. I have used Avira for AV with great satisfaction for a couple of years, BUT... With recent updates ... I thought boot-time had become significantly extended. And NOW... I cannot get a full scan. What??? Here's what I mean... I used to be able to start a (full) scan, and go to bed, and have my report when I got up in the morning. Now, Avira is not even getting to the 30% point. I did not have this problem until this calendar year. Since I practice safe surfing, I generally would run a full scan every couple of weeks. But if I cannot complete a scan, then the AV is not doing me any good. Additionally, Avira's pop-up ads have become significantly more annoying. I am ready to dump Avira and try Avast. Any thoughts? =====More Hardware Info===== HWInfo reports clock at max (1495mghz), and temp OK.