Avast Pro Antivirus
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"Version 7 BSOD and Outlook Problems"
Many great features overall - if they can get the code straight. We've used Avast! Pro for years and versions 5 & 6 were generally well behaved, but V7 including 7.0.1456 (current version) causes BSODs on two of three systems and Outlook plugin problems on all three licensed systems.
Unstable, undependable and dangerous at current release level. Causes worse crashes than some of the malware it's supposed to protect against. Avast! tech support is looking into the problem with the assistance of a custom file from the program which is uploaded to an Avast! ftp site - hopefully they can diagnose why v7 crashes two very different systems (both XP SP3).
Problems seem to involve the Auto-Sandbox feature and the Outlook plugin. We suspect Auto-Sandbox is causing the BSODs. The Outlook plugin keeps mail you've read marked as unread and prevents assigning a message to the blocked messages list. Disabling the Avast! Auto-Sandbox and Outlook macros are the temporary work-arounds.
Make sure to do a clean boot and set a restore point before installing or upgrading to v7. It may save your bacon if you're one of the unfortunate ones to run afoul of the coding flaws.