What's The Deal With Avast Shields?


#1

It may just be coincidence (I doubt it) but every since I installed Avast Pro anti-virus, I have not been able to connect to the internet (other than locally) until I stop the Shields!?

I have no idea and am not even sure if I need to run these ‘shields’?

There is an option to disable the shields permanently and I am pretty close to doing just that!

I Have to assume that it’s the shields because I can start the pc … wait 30-40 minuets and have only a local connection … until I disable the shields and then … almost instant internet!

One more thing … It appears that Avast is also responsible for changing the color of my task/launch bar and I can’t change it back!?

It has always been black and now it’s a washed out grayish color!

Any ideas?

Thanks


#2

[quote=“sillipuddi, post:1, topic:39214”]
It may just be coincidence (I doubt it) but every since I installed Avast Pro anti-virus, I have not been able to connect to the internet (other than locally) until I stop the Shields!?

I have no idea and am not even sure if I need to run these ‘shields’?

There is an option to disable the shields permanently and I am pretty close to doing just that!

I Have to assume that it’s the shields because I can start the pc … wait 30-40 minuets and have only a local connection … until I disable the shields and then … almost instant internet!

One more thing … It appears that Avast is also responsible for changing the color of my task/launch bar and I can’t change it back!?

It has always been black and now it’s a washed out grayish color!

Any ideas?

Thanks
[/quote]I have never used Avast but in the pass when using Norton I have sometimes encountered the same thing. What I did was to go into Norton and look for permissions and checked to ensure the internet and other programs were granted total access…

As for the color the only thing I can suggest is go into control panel, I am assuming you have some version of windows, and check with the nividia or program that controls the appearance.


#3

I prefer AVG free. It came highly recommended by our IT Dept.


#4

I use FREE and disable most of the shields. No problems. Only have active File, Network, Web & Script shields active. Have you looked at installed programs list and made sure you have NO other security running?? Sometimes, pre-installed stuff sets up conflicts and trouble.
Suggest uninstall and go with the free stuff.


#5

DOD’s policy does not allow AVG antivirus. There are numerous reasons for this, but I’ll keep it simple: Their product does not work as well as Symantec or McCaffee.

Having said that, it’s better than nothing, and for a home pc I’m sure it’s fine.

Sounds like you just need to either disable the shields or fully configure your software.


#6

AVG is NOT Avast. Used to be good…used it for several years. Now it sucks. Avast works well but the latest update with the reminder shields is a PITA!


#7

Avast is probably using some sort of firewall to block your browser from sending or receiving a connection. Trying pinging a server with your command prompt. First ping the router or another computer on the network, then try pinging google or something. If you get a response, but you still can’t connect on your browser, it’s probably the firewall.