Only 2 things I wish say: 1- If the HD rumor is like a cat-scratching, is not a software problem. 2- Maybe one error was the msconfig. Is NOT the same thing to work in the msconfig panel or in the service panel. The MSConfig modify the whole configuration of the pc; the service panel can be used to disable/enable the services for the current user, depends. 3- If you has deactivated the internet connection by your device (router, modem, cable) maybe Avast! is searching to go online 'cause the first thing for this program is the download of new updates. I know, 2 minutes are a long time, but I'm trying some hypothesis.
Hi, and I thank you all for such quick replies.
Theories you mentioned that I'm sure is not the case:
1. I put both update settings to ask me if their is an update and if any program wants to go online, I get a prompt for name and passworld. So that is not it.
2. I went into msconfig > startup and the only things that should be loading are systray and avast.
I also went into the component services and set components to automatic.
I would never use the actual msconfig. I don't know exactly what you mean.
My hard drive is fine. It doesn't sound like a cat scratching, just as if it's loading or searching for something.
I still would appreciate an answer as to why it's such a chore for avast to load 3 simple providers (internet mail, web, and standard shield)
It doesn't make any sense.