Avast! updated itself the other day, and since then my PC comes up, but no programs will start. In Windows explorer you can see My Documents, and that's it. If you click on My Computer you just get the egg timer for ever.
If you start another program, it simply will not.
I know Avast! is the problem as programs that start up after it in the startup do not start, and if I come up in safe mode without Avast! everything is fine. Also I uninstalled Avast! whilst in safe mode and the computer came up OK and everything worked as expected.
I have had Avast! for years without issue and prefer it to the others so i don't really want to ditch it.
I an running Win XP home. I don't have any other anti virus installed (well, as far as I know. I ran Norton but that was years ago and I have have never had this problem before).