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I'm far, far from an expert on this, but according to DH a lot of anti-virus programs are memory hogs.  So it's probably possible that you're low on memory and your computer is having difficulty running AVAST.

 

We use the paid version of AVG.

 

Anyhow, this will give you a bump and hopefully someone who knows more than me will respond.

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This will sound heretical.... but we have Windows 8.x on both of the college kids laptops and I don't run ANY anti-virus on their machines.  They came with Macafee installed and I removed it because it was a memory-pig.

 

I have Malware-bytes installed on their machines and set to scan weekly to clean up cookies and stuff.  They don't have any email tools installed - all email is handled through the browser.  This has been sufficient to keep the machines clean and uninfected in what I consider to be the worst environment out there (college).  And yes, they surf the web and youtube constantly.  

 

As long as you stay away from the really bad sites (online kids games and porn sites), it's pretty easy to keep your machine safe these days.

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This will sound heretical.... but we have Windows 8.x on both of the college kids laptops and I don't run ANY anti-virus on their machines. 

The opinion that Windows Defender is enough for Windows 8 without added anti-virus seems to be a popular one, as I discovered this morning

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As long as you stay away from the really bad sites (online kids games and porn sites), it's pretty easy to keep your machine safe these days.

It's the kids' free gaming sites that have me worried, for sure. Want to have a scary search result, let your daughter search "Free Games for Girls".  :scared:

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I have Malware-bytes installed on their machines and set to scan weekly to clean up cookies and stuff.  They don't have any email tools installed - all email is handled through the browser.  This has been sufficient to keep the machines clean and uninfected in what I consider to be the worst environment out there (college).  And yes, they surf the web and youtube constantly.  

 

 

Two things happened somewhat simultaneously when the crashing began. The Windows 8 email app stopped functioning. A couple days later I installed the latest Avast update. My local email provider recommended installing Windows LiveMail rather than messing with the Windows 8 email app difficulties. So it could be Avast, it could be (one of) my email programs. I wish I could convince dh to just use Webmail.

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I would like to strongly discourage anyone from running *any* version of M$ Windows without an updated anti virus program.  Even "reputable" web sites can unknowingly host infected files and if you run into one of them, while browsing, your Windows box can be infected. We've had that experience and the anti virus program detected the problem and I notified the webmaster, who was unaware of the infected file.

 

We have no experience with Windows 8/8.1 and hopefully will avoid that (Windows 10 will be out later this year), but, if we had a Windows 8/8.1 box, we would use AVG Anti Virus or Avast.

 

If the OP is having trouble I suggest she post on the Support forum of that particular Anti Virus program for help.

 

RAM, as someone mentioned, is critical.  Our Windows 7 boxes have 4 MB of RAM.  I assume Windows 8/8.1 will need at least that much RAM to run smoothly. Possibly it requires more RAM?

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No idea what RAM we have, lol. This desktop came new with Windows 8 installed, later updated (with no choice from the consumer, though with many improvements) to 8.1. Presumably it has enough RAM to run. I've done a quick search of the Avast site with no particular solution, but with so many choices out there, it might be time to try another provider. Thanks for the input. Apparently Micro$oft themselves did not recommend running without a third-party antivirus until Windows 8, so I think your advice is probably smart.

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