Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:50 AM
I've been a satisfied user of Avast Free for a couple of years now and am running version 7.0.1456 on start-up. For more than a month now, I've noticed that my Windows Vista boot time has been getting longer and longer. I'm fairly meticulous about what programs I allow to load on boot, so it's not the case that 100s of 'em are trying to come to life simultaneously.
According to the list in my WinPatrol PRO, the actual start-up programs are Avast Free, WinPatrol Pro, WinLogon Userinit Soluto, Winlogon Shell explorer exe, WebCheck webcheck dll (which WinPatrol Pro describes as 'DELAYLOAD'), and Component Categories cache daemon browseui dll TASKSCHEDULER. That seems to be a total of 6.
But WinPatrol Pro also reports a second entry for Component Categories cache daemon, which it describes as a SHELLHOOK. When I click on the entry for more information, WPP reports "local file not found". Finally, there's an entry called OA Shell Helper, again described by WPP as a SHELLHOOK, but of which it again says "local file not found".
It's currently taking almost 4 minutes for this Vista PC to load. The screen appears quickly and is populated rapidly with my tray and quick launch icons but, but, but. . . The orange ball for Avast seems to take forever as it spins, stops, spins, slows down, freezes, then resumes. During that time, none of the on-screen icons are accessible: mousing over to, say, Windows Explorer results only in the appearance of the eggtimer. It's the same with any other app I may go to.
I've uninstalled Avast and re-installed but it still seems to be slowing the boot-up process almost to a halt. (Note: it's only in the past week that I've added Soluto to the mix, and it has made no discernible impact on start-up. Thanks to Soluto, however, it has flagged up 'Frustration' and Avast AV as the probable cause -- it's showing a little graphic of 'foot prints' to indicate that Avast is the prime suspect.)
I really don't want to quit Avast and go somewhere else, but I note that my experience of boot time delay isn't unique: in recent months, quite a number of Avast users have posted on the Avast forum and elsewhere on the 'Net saying that Avast is seriously degrading boot-time performance. So far though, there seems no acknowledgment of any problem by Avast, and no fixes.
I just wondered if anyone else here who is using Avast Free had experienced a similar problem -- but I also wondered if the culprit(s) have nothing to do with Avast at all, but are the two SHELLHOOK / Local Files Not Found reported by WPP???? Could it be that delays are occurring because the system is trying to hunt down two files / two dlls which don't actually exist???
Help / advice appreciated: thanks.
Windows 7 Home Premium / custom build PC / AMD FX4100 Quad Core / AsusTek 200 MHz / 8GB RAM / Crucial SSD 256 / Western Digital 1000 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570