I installed Avast (free version) after reading a glowing review in PC Max magazine. This was a few months ago and I replaced MSE with Avast. All has been great until I got an email saying there was an update to Avast and I downloaded and then installed it. After doing so, my computer didn't function normally--especially when I ran Excel (2007) which would just hang. I rebooted again and this time the computer hung up at the Windows "flag" screen (Windows 7 Home Premium). After another hard reset, the "repair" screen came up and when prompted I told it to restore to an earlier System Restore point and all was good again.
I'm now afraid to update Avast and am considering going back to MSE, or perhaps something else.
I'd like to find out whether there WAS an update within the past few days, or was I the victim of a Phishing attack. The latter doesn't seem likely as I would suspect a Phish would have screwed things up a lot more than they were.
Any advice? I guess I could reinstall the update (after creating a System Restore point!), but I'm very wary about doing so.
TIA for any info or suggestions.