Well, an answer.
Mighty kind, mighty kind.
My first five years overseas, I suffered: VPN's weren't as common then as they are now. And, well, while traveling/living in repressive nations, one NEEDS a VPN. One that works, you understand ...
My next five years, Stateside - I prepared for my return overseas.
I left The 'States with four working VPN's (about a year ago) - of which, *one* actually works, poorly, here.
Well, that's enough?, yes? 'One' is enough?, yes?
Point is, I have in fact been researching - both on/thru' the Internet *and* In-country, for quite a few years.
'Course, I learned, quickly, during my first tour, to use Avast!: It's simply the best.
I do understand that one can/may use Avast! way-back thru'/to Windows XP.
I note that you have made many, Many, MANY 'posts' in the forum. I'd guess, then, that you are particularly-knowledgeable regards 'Avast!'. Good for you, Sir!
Well, that's enough. You suggest that Avast! Staff may-be-working on this 'issue' RIGHT NOW: The 'issue' of a properly-configured/working/effective Firewall - a Firewall with a VPN Internet Kill Switch.
I'd hope so: I need one.
Probably, most Avast!-users do too!
Again, thanks, and ...
God Bless You.