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    • #193584

      I think Avast or AVG do not even deserve to be discussed. They were useful long time ago, but it is time for both of them to go. Unless using a reputable antivirus like McAfee, Windows Defender is perfectly acceptable. Even so, I am not convinced that McAfee’s superiority can be proved beyond artificial benchmarks.

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      • #193587

        I’ve definitely read a lot of threads that indicate you need to disable your third party security suite before upgrading Windows. Even some suggesting you uninstall it before a upgrade. So many I think block certain files during upgrades that it corrupts it. I use Defender and occasional scans with Malwarebytes if I suspect a problem. I definitely think 1803 is a bit of a mess for sure and I reverted two of my older PC’s back to Windows 7.

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        • #193589

          Third party software that cuts deeply into a system using undocumented (or at best uncommonly used APIs) is fundamentally incompatible with a Microsoft policy of re-releasing new major builds of the OS that change the undocumented behaviors upon which such software depends.

          Unfortunately, this means that anything you choose to do or add to Windows that’s not from Microsoft or overtly supported by Microsoft becomes potentially a new problem upon update. This is one of the big reasons so many of us complain so often about the ridiculous release cadence of 6 month intervals, where it truly should be 2 to 3 years.

          Though I am no fan of Avast or AVG, I happen to use several third party tools that make Windows 10 a little nicer to use, and every doggone new release breaks them. Sometimes the authors need almost 6 months to fix them to where they work again. 6 month cycles kill everyone’s productivity.


      • #193615

        Avast and AVG are rated higher than Windows Defender.

        • #193633

          They may be ranked higher than Windows Defender, but I wouldn’t consider them superior any longer.  Especially their free editions which is where their largest install base comes from.  Long ago in a time before millennials (in the work force), AVG/Avast! were the best free options available and generally were quite polite programs.  Now they continuously advertise and install c**pware.

          If you want a free AV, ClamAV is the best choice, Malwarebytes is also good.  If you want a security suite (which I recommend), then I’d go with ESET NOD32 or Kaspersky (if you trust the Russians, which I do).  Both are great products that do their job without kneecapping the systems they’re on.  On-Demand scans aren’t too useful any longer, NOD32 and other suites are good because they can do more.

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    • #193593

      Avast here, computer updated from 1709 to9 1803 this morning with no issues – apart from the time to do it (over 5 hours). With all the fuss on here it seems a bit of an anticlimax, just a couple of changes to get it how I like, almost as if nothing had changed. Oh, I don’t use any MS apps at all…


    • #193592

      This has not happened to me (Kubuntu Linux with 10 LTSB in a VM when rarely needed) but, are you able to hit CTRL-ALT-Del open Task Manager then Run Explorer, Regedit, etc while at the BBDoD (Blank Black Desktop of Death)?  If that is possible it should be possible to fix the issue if it is permissions, registry issues, drive mapping or get to system restore and roll back.

    • #193599

      It seems possible that avast! saw this coming and at least tried to warn somebody. At least for the business products, they don’t actually email anybody or anything. They just post something on their forums.

      See this thread:



    • #193608

      I disabled Avast and Malwarebytes before I upgraded to 1803. No issues thus far.

    • #193626

      Win 7,  Microsoft Security Essentials,  ADW Cleaner.

    • #193635

      Happened Sunday to a friend using Avast.

      Tried for a few hours to repair it but gave up and reinstall it.

      The old folders including the user profile were only partially moved to the new installation ending up with a corrupted 1803 version.

      Rollback also didn’t work.

    • #193646
    • #193649

      The story is making the rounds. I saw a post the theregister.co.uk earlier today. So MS’ pre-alpha testing did catch this? Or did MS ignore it?

      • #193703

        … So MS’ pre-alpha testing did catch this?

        Long before that stage, someone at Ms clicked the “Release and Upload”-button…

        But reading the linked thread in Woody’s article, I see McAfee, Norton and other non-Avg/Avast users having same issue.

        Also see many Avg/Avast users having no issues…

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    • #193652

      Update from Avast! taken from: theRegister

      A spokesperson for Avast told El Reg:

      “We have tested this and couldn’t identify any problems affecting Avast Antivirus consumer users specifically. Online user comments show that many are unfortunately experiencing problems updating to Windows 10 ‘1803’. We cannot rule out that a small number of Avast users may be having difficulties updating, too, but we don’t see any indications that this is caused by Avast.”

      Win8.1/R2 Hybrid lives on..
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    • #193657

      In addition to the Avast Forum post, noted in above AskWoody reply no. 193599; see also add’l FYI Avast Forum post:

      “Windows 10 failed update to 1803, maybe an Avast problem?” — at:


    • #193675

      Not for the first time Noel Carboni has hit the nail on the head of a topic once more – Microsoft’s six monthly roll out of ‘new’, all singing all dancing versions of Win 10 is a cadence guaranteed to break lots of third-party software. Not that MS is too bothered about that. But of course such a frantic ‘delivery timescale’ means non-Microsoft software isn’t the only thing guaranteed to break, is it? It means that each new Win 10 version itself is also guaranteed to be broken on release. The dizzying game of patching the patch to repair the patch or rolling back to versions of Win 10 that themselves still require patching will continue ad-infinitum. As will negotiating the stressful minefield of working out (thank goodness for Woody and contributors, by the way) which patches to install, when to install them or indeed, when to rip them back out.

      I shouldn’t need heather dangling from my USB stick and a rabbit’s-foot and horseshoe stuck on my case in order to encourage my ‘puter to work, either. But I think they will be needed until either I or Windows 10 expires.

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      • #193792

        Now everyone does realize that if MSFT got everything out the chute right each time, every time, day in and day out, for everyone and it did exactly what everyone wanted it to do and everyone knew what it did and how & why it did it whatever “IT” is, there would be no need for AskWoody.com and we wouldn’t be here amongst ourselves trying to get to know one another while we’re all here working diligently & collectively figuring this s**t out.

        Therefore for the lifeblood of AskWoody.com, I say to MSFT … keep it up, we’ve got you covered, we’re more than capable of traveling the rocky, winding road you’ve sown upon us, and when we’ve completed the tasks you’ve bestowed, the world will be a much better & safer place running Linux or Mac OS, or Chrome OS or who knows maybe someday … AskWoody OS.

        Aaahhh Woody, you got any time to look into this 🙂

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        Win7 - PRO & Ultimate, x64 & x86
        Win8.1 - PRO, x64 & x86
        Groups A, B & ABS

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        • #193883

          I’m on the road at the moment, and not keeping up with conversations as much as I would like, but I tell ya…

          My next machine will probably be a Chromebook. I’m doing almost all of my work these days with Firefox, Chrome, Google Suite, and various web sites. My son’s Chromebook works great — as do all of the other Chromebooks I know about. No security problems. Occasional hiccups but, man, compared to the constant bombardment that is Windows, it’s blissfully calm.

          We’ve come a long way from Windows 286, my original poison of choice.

    • #193696

      As long as these AVs are using documented Windows features to do what they do, I don’t think they should be blamed for what happens. Microsoft is the one constantly breaking stuff.

      I just don’t get how this methodology could remotely be profitable for Microsoft. This is all c*** that Microsoft is giving away for free, basically. If they focused on stability, there isn’t anyone who would not buy Windows because of lack of shiny. And there’s no reason they can’t have all the shiny abstracted away from the core, anyways, so that stuff doesn’t break.

      No other company does it this way, doing so badly. How does this help them in any way?

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      • #193827

        “I just don’t get how this methodology could remotely be profitable for Microsoft.”

        As I think Noel mentioned in another thread, the idea of a constantly changing OS is to maintain excitement – what is coming next etc so theoretically pushing up market share.

        “there’s no reason they can’t have all the shiny abstracted away from the core”

        This is a very good point and would make a lot more sense (hopefully MS will consider this after the 1803 disaster). However, abstracted shiny might make it indistinguishable from 3rd party apps which would eventually dull the excitement MS is trying to drum up.

        • #193830

          The core-only-lack of shiny is provided by LTSB – if you are rich enough to afford Enterprise volume licensing and the added-on outrageous fees for LTSB.

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      • #193892

        Another point that has been brought up elsewhere is that, if everyone is busy making changes to support Microsoft’s latest flavor-of-the-month, those are developers that aren’t developing software that competes with Microsoft.

        Group "L": Linux Mint

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    • #193727

      One of our customers had this happen to their laptop. AVG was present. Rolling back to the previous version failed with no error message more descriptive than “it didn’t work.” Moving C:\Program Files, C:\ProgramData, C:\Users, C:\Windows (etc.) into C:\Windows.bad, and moving C:\Windows.old\* into C:\ got me a somewhat usable system, but some things still got moved to the new system from the old system, so I’ve been cherry picking things from C:\Windows.bad to move back, i.e. the right Users\User\AppData was in what I moved into C:\Windows.bad, but documents and desktop icons were in Windows.old.

      Windows upgrades apparently touch user directories.

      I hear Windows.old gets periodically and automatically deleted. If that had happened, our poor customer would have lost all his documents and such.

      I’m switching to Linux at home, as of a few weeks ago. By the time my Windows 7 installation is out of support, I should have most of my two decades of Windows cruft migrated over. With any luck, I’ll never need to use Windows 10 for anything other than the occasional Windows-only game.

      • #193833

        You’re smart for making the switch now, rather than waiting till 7 is about to go out of support. Gives you plenty of time to successfully make the switch.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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        • #193859

          I absolutely agree, start the switch now (perhaps on an experimental machine which can be completely reset without too much pain), so that when the time comes, you will have enough experience to get through the “production” changeover.  (I use the word “production” even for a home user, who probably has important tasks to do, important sites to visit etc.)

          I have written elsewhere in askwoody that I have recently switched an experimental Win10 desktop machine to become my experiment Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon machine (with Wine, because I have a lot of my own developed programs, for my own use, which I want to keep on with).  I am happy with that move, and I am now trying to make sure that I can take proper backups and then restore them.  Looking good so far, touch wood.

          Win10 will not see me again.

          The cashier in the shop selling backup disk drives said “you’ve bought a lot of these”, and I said “I have a lifetime’s work to backup — one program I still use originated on an IBM mainframe in 1971 and has gone through many generations since then, but I don’t want to lose it”.



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          • #193957

            Since I’m anon, I want to thank, in this post, this poster, plus Mr. Jim Phelps in the preceding post: I have been severely frustrated, worried and irritated, by MS’s recent Win 7 x64 patches and re-patches; and their current lack of action on May’s KB4103712 NIC problems. Well…..I just saw and bought last week a brand-new 4 TB port. HDD/backup. I’ve done nothing with it yet. Hoped to use it for really complete backups. But THIS may now be the time for me to install on this Win7 x64 PC, on that backup, a Linux SuSE Leap or other distro, dual boot into Win 7 or Linux, and start NOW to make the switch, preparatory to Win 7 EOL next year. Thank you, folks, for your comments!!!

            • #193984

              Go to one of the Linux sites (e.g. http://www.linuxmint.com) and download one of the current .ISO files. Then create a Linux install DVD from the .ISO file. (The Linux install disk is also called a “Linux Live” disk.) Then boot to the disk you just created. This will put you into Linux Live.

              There is no need to actually install anything; you can run Linux straight off of the Linux Live disk, just to see what you think about it.

              Group "L" (Linux Mint)
              with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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        • #193863

          There will be lots of Linux iterations to choose from in the coming months, as distro developers will be releasing their NEWEST forked versions based on Ubuntu 18.04

          To me this seems like a great opportunity on a spare/ old PC to at least try some out as per HMcF post.

          Win8.1/R2 Hybrid lives on..
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          • #193985

            If you’re going to try Linux on an old PC, I highly recommend Elementary OS. It works very well on my old eMachines computer.

            Group "L" (Linux Mint)
            with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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    • #193775

      Over the years, I’ve used several of the free anti-virus programs mentioned here & a few others including a few paid for programs & security suites & I found some to be good, some no-so good, and the rest so-so.

      Not sure if my security suite of choice would be effected by this Win10 v1803 bug but I use Symantec’s Endpoint Security (SEP) Enterprise. I’ve been using this security suite for several years now on all my systems without any issues what-so-ever.

      Well, there is one little issue that crops up … if you restore your system from a Windows Restore Point using System Restore, you’ll most likely need to repair the SEP installation via the control panel or you can just re-run the SEP install from it’s installation media.

      I believe this problem has to do with re-synchronization of SEP’s definition sets and the program’s SymEvent and/or LiveUpdate engines. This will be detected and reported by the SymDiag tool described below if you run it. I suspect this may occur with other 3rd party anti-virus/anti-malware/firewall programs that embed themselves deeply into the Window’s environment.

      Though Symantec & Norton were previously (maybe still are?) known for hogging up system resources and performance, for my setup, I find that not to be the case.

      The main reason I chose SEP Enterprise vs. the similar consumer equivalent Norton Internet Security suite was due to the ability to manage network connected client internet security and client connected appliance security features on my connected laptop clients.

      Though this is an enterprise endpoint security product, the client side can be installed as a stand-alone unmanaged client that allows the client administrator to control most if not all of the anti-virus, anti-malware & firewall security settings.

      Unfortunately, the client side connected appliance security (i.e USB, CD, DVD, etc.) connection policies are only available if the client is set up a a managed client, not an unmanaged one. Not all security suites do this anyway so no real loss here.

      As an unmanaged client though, SEP performance is quite similar to if not exactly the same as Norton Internet Security. And SEP’s cost per license is comparable to if not less than Norton’s if you get the 3 year support option (~ $32.50 per/yr/license).

      Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 … Main Webpage

      Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 … Datasheet

      SEP Status Page

      I also perform monthly manual scans using these other free products: Malwarebytes, Windows Defender (auto scan disabled), Norton Power Eraser, Microsoft Safety Scanner (thank you kindly Patch-Lady) & Symantec’s Diagnostic Scan Tool. I do this just before performing monthly full system backups.

      Except for an occasional “PUP” detected by Malwarebytes (must be those occasional hacking sites I download from), the rest of the scans come up … Good-To-Go nothing found.

      The Symantec Diagnostic Tool (SymDiag.exe) is mainly a support tool to verify & detect system issues that may prevent SEP or other Symantec products from installing on your system. If SEP or other Symantec products are installed, it verifies installation integrity and displays problems if any are found.

      However, SymDiag can also perform a complete & thorough threat scan of your entire system and generates / displays several scan report results. It does need internet connectivity to Symantec’s online file reputation database to validate the file hashes it collects/generates.

      It runs relatively quickly but dependent upon your system, it may take 5-15 min, more if you scan every file on every active drive/partition within your system when you perform the scan.

      I don’t know if it has the ability to scan network connected drives (i.e. NAS) as I don’t have one and I haven’t used the tool to scan files through the network on network connected clients as I prefer to do this locally on the client – it may work but I’ve never done it.

      But, the best part … it’s a totally free download from Symantec. I would definitely consider adding this to your free anti-virus/anti-malware manual scan tools tool chest.

      I’m not sure if the threat scan function is available if you don’t have SEP or another Symantec product installed. If any of you try this out, please reply so that I and others know – thanks.

      SymDiag … Description

      SymDiag … Running a Threat Analysis Scan

      SymDiag … Download / Release Notes

      SymDiag Home Page

      SymDiag Threat Scan Configuration

      Please see next post for SymDiag Scan Report displays … (limited file attachment)

      By the way, SEP is available for Linux & Mac too though not sure about the SymDiag tool.

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      Win8.1 - PRO, x64 & x86
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    • #193780

      Here are the SymDiag Scan Reports from above post:

      Potential Risks Scan Report

      Auto Run Details Report

      Processes Scan Report

      Registry Load Points Scan Report

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      Win7 - PRO & Ultimate, x64 & x86
      Win8.1 - PRO, x64 & x86
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    • #193806

      Just have seen Avast Internet Security to quarantine a piece of W10 setup from the $WINDOWS.~BT folder with IDP.Generic detection. (So, if you try to create an USB stick with Media Creation Tool, it fails. ISO still works.)


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    • #193888

      Regarding Microsoft testing, a link posted earlier in this forum:

      On permanent hiatus {with backup and coffee}
      offline▸ Win10Pro 2004.19041.572 x64 i3-3220 RAM8GB HDD Firefox83.0b3 WindowsDefender
      offline▸ Acer TravelMate P215-52 RAM8GB Win11Pro 22H2.22621.1265 x64 i5-10210U SSD Firefox106.0 MicrosoftDefender
      online▸ Win11Pro 22H2.22621.1992 x64 i5-9400 RAM16GB HDD Firefox116.0b3 MicrosoftDefender
    • #193893

      Starting to look like the old hobbyist’s are coming back with their custom built computer’s.  Citing Wikipedia :  “As of Jan 2018  Windows XP  holds 3.36% of the whole windows market, meaning it has 2.8% of the desk top operating system market share.  Other estimates are as high as 4.05%.”   Would be interesting to here from some of those folks on how they keep it running safely.  Maybe an XP users forum and a windows 7 forum after it runs out.

    • #193900

      Kamer Kaan Avdan has come out with a redesigned XP called  “Windows XP 2018 Edition. ”  He has the video on You Tube.  Ask Woody might want to do a review.

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      • #193974

        Seems, this is like Classic Shell which brings the classic Win 7 UI to the hybridized Win 8.1 and Win 10.
        ___ Classic Shell for Win 10 is no longer supported by the author because of the crazy workload from Win 10’s rapid twice-a-year upgrades. Will this also befall “Win XP 2018”?

    • #193976

      I have AVG Internet Security (paid for), on Monday 21st Windows 10 upgrade 1803 failed on my Acer Z3, exactly as described above . Tried all the usual recovery options, Startup repair, restore, repair install – all failed using any of the 3 options.

      Reinstalled Win 10 1709 and upgraded to 1803 without issues; re-installed all other apps, back to normal.

      I actually believe its M$ ridiculous upgrade process for all these update problems.  Its an ill-conceived process that needs re-design otherwise it will drive users away – some I know have gone back to Win 7.  Not all users are tech savvy and take system images every so often; Windows.old is just unsatisfactory.

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    • #194137

      Windows 10 Version 1803 has ANOTHER bug related to Avast and AVG, but in this case, Avast and AVG (and Comodo Firewall oddly enough) fix the problem. If an executable stored on a SMBv1 share is run from Win10 v1803 it can’t open socket connections at all. Disabling Windows Defender doesn’t help. So far the things that help are:

      1. Rolling back to 1709
      2. Copying the EXE local
      3. Upgrading to SMBv2
      4. Installing Avast, AVG, or Comodo

      Nobody is quite sure how #4 fixes things, but for shops stuck with a 2003 Server they’re really in deep right now until a fix comes out. I’ve been tracking it here:



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    • #194254

      Our computer also did this Windows 10 auto update – a long overnight process (annoying!) – and, alas, we now have the blue screen of death.  It asks to choose the keyboard, then gives options, none of which work.  A remote session with Microsoft chat had me download the previous version of Windows, not telling me that a “clean install” would lose everything.  Then, after waiting yet again overnight while this downloaded onto another laptop so that I could move it onto a USB stick, and then to the doomed computer, the steps given did not work.  Thankfully though since we do not want to lose all files and more.

      Now, another call to Microsoft, frustrating at that to try to reach a live person, has her quoting a planned speech that they are working on a “fix” which could take FIFTEEN TO TWENTY DAYS!!!!!   In the meantime, I am supposed to just sit pretty and wait.  The other option is to do a clean install and lose everything.  I told her another option is to go with Mac/Apple!  I asked her how many millions this has affected and whether Microsoft is sending out free computers to all of us.  She claimed it’s not millions and to just watch for the email or news update.  I asked, “on what?”  (tongue in cheek) since the computer is the blue screen of death.  Sad piece of work.  Now, I see all of these posts about the many problems with Windows 10 updates in 2018.  Great.

      Multiple users between Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21 have reported receiving a request to “restart and install updates” in Windows 10. This update appears to be the Windows 10 April 2018 update, also known as “1803”. Upon restarting, the computer boots to a blue screen asking the user to choose a keyboard language. After doing so, they are taken to another blue screen with three options to continue “booting” to:
      Windows Rollback
      Windows 10 on Volume [x]
      Windows 10 on Volume [x]
      The lower two options are identical.
      If the user chooses the top option, the computer will restart. If the user chooses either of the latter two options, Windows will appear to boot, but end up on a blank, black desktop with no icons, and an error message that the Desktop file could not be accessed.

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    • #194337


      Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks has just reported that Avast have a fix, more info:
      Ghacks reports Avast Update for 1803

      Win8.1/R2 Hybrid lives on..
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