Thank you all for your replies, I really appreciate it.
Just to let you know I uninstalled my firewall and AVAST one after the other, I then did a clean install of my firewall and set it up the way I always have it set and then did a clean install of AVAST and AVAST updated to 25-0 I however did a manual update and my definitions were updated to 25-1.
I can safely say that after doing a few tests MY FIREWALL DOES NOT STOP AVAST from updating or anything else that AVAST needs to connect to the internet for.
So Why does AVAST do ONE automatic update and then I have to DO A MANUAL update?
I am NOT the only one that has to do manual updates of the virus definitions, I recommended AVAST to a friend and it was updating automatically till a few months ago NOW WE MANUALLY have to update it.
WE are RAPIDLY LOSING FAITH IN AVAST due to the fact we have to manually update it even though it is set to automatically update.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could someone look into this issue and resolve it, we are using AVAST FREE ANTIVIRUS 7.0.1426 and I KNOW that it IS NOT our firewalls as we can update all our other programs that need to be updated WITHOUT ANY problems.
WHY does AVAST update automatically SOMETIMES and other time NOT? NEVER had this problem With AVAST before, that is till a few months ago and I have been USING COMODO firewall with AVAST for sometime without any problems.
PLEASE could someone from AVAST look into this problem and give me feedback please?