avast 7 has released as of February 23rd. It is new and there are many issues being posted daily on the avast forum in many threads. There are also many avast! 7 users that have no issues. However, the business community is NOT ready to deal with these issues, we just want our computers to work. So, staying with avast! 6 for a little while makes since, and let the product get some more debugging. This way you not introduce any undesired results from this upgrade. avast! 6 took about 2 months to be ready for commercial users. Also, there are confirmed cases of avast! 6 users being upgraded to avast! 7, even though they have the Program Update set to “Ask” If you are having avast! 7 issues, then I am recommending a temporary downgrade to avast! 6.
1) Download avast! 6 Pro from here and save to desktop and save to desktop
2) Find your avast! license file “license.avastlic” (needed for step 8)
3) You must remove the old antivirus first! – so go to Control Panel, then Add / Remove programs (if XP) or Programs and Features (if Vista / 7)
4) uninstall the avast! 7 (sometimes this will require using the avast! removal tool)
5) remove the network cable so your computer CANNOT go online!
6) reboot system to finalize the removal process
7) now install avast! 6 by executing the file saved on the desktop “setup_av_pro_601367.exe ” (step 1)
8) go with defaults, select Yes to “Community IQ”, select “Supply a license file”, and browse to the saved “license.avastlic” (step 2)
9) reboot system (finalizes installation process)
10) Right click avast! icon in system tray, and choose “Open avast! user interface”
11) Choose settings (upper right of avast! window)
12) Choose Updates
13) Under update settings, PROGRAM, select “Manual update” and click OK
14) Close avast! window, and plug in network cable.
Here is my post to the avast Forums that got me blacklisted!
“As I read through the Forums about avast! 7 users being unhappy and bailing to other anti-virus products:
1) It took 2 months before avast! 6 was ready for commercial distribution
2) avast! 7 is only 1 week old now
3) Everything new is not fully debugged. This is all software companies, anybody remember Intuit QuickBooks 2000 (never was usable)
4) Those who adopt early get to reap the benefits of their actions.
5) I always take a “wait and see” attitude so I don’t “open a can of worms” This statement is NOT limited to avast! or anti-virus
6) avast! 6 is a great product, and all problem 7 users should go back to 6 for a month or so!
39 years as I failure analysis engineer, this advise on new software releases is the best advise you will ever get!
I have included the URL to avast! 6.0.1367: www.advantage77.com/Files/setup_av_pro_601367.exe”