This is pretty general but I wanted to give others an opportunity to post if they are having similar issues with the new Avast 8 Free version.
I have run into two systems now that the new Avast 8 caused problems and had to be removed and replaced with another antivirus program. No apparent reason for conflicts or ortherwise on either computer.
One was a laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium x64. This was a fresh install of Vista. The installation of Avast 8 seemed to install without any problems and completed the process. But once I rebooted the computer, it froze solid about 3 seconds into the boot process. Didn't even get to the Windows splash screen, etc. The scrolling bar at the bottom during the boot process just stopped and computer was completely froze up. Had to hold power button to turn off system. Tried everything from booting to safe mode (which worked) and running a repair within Avast but nothing solved the problem. Had to uninstall Avast completely for computer to boot normally again.
The second computer was running Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Version 7 of Avast had no problems. Removed version 7 completely before installing a clean version of Avast version 8. System was a clean install again of Windows 7 with all current updates performed. As soon as version 8 of Avast was installed, again installation was flawless and updated perfectly. The second I rebooted the computer, it got stuck in an endless reboot loop. Again was able to boot safe mode ok. After much investigating and trial and error, had to removed Avast 8 in order for computer to boot successfully in normal mode again.
Only similarity between the two is both were x64 operating systems.
I realize there aren't alot of specifics here but just wanted to alert someone that this is occurring with the new version 8.
I have been an avid Avast user for many years and recommend it to everyone I know but now it is getting tough to recommend when running across these two issues with 3 days time.
I am hoping that once the bugs are worked out and a new updated version is released to download, this may fix things and work again.
Another thing to note, I have it working on 3 other computers without any problems as of yet. Two are XP 32bit machines and one is Windows 7 x64.
Anyone else running into reboot issues like these???