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Posted 23 July 2016 - 09:39 AM

Not sure if this is in the correct place,apologies if it isn't.
I'm running Windows XP SP3 on a Virtual machine (Oracle VM) on a Windows 10 Desktop computer
The Windows 10 Desktop has Avast Free antivirus working ok.
I assumed,maybe inncorrectly, that I would also have to protect the Virtual machine with AV software.
I have installed and repaired Avast Free Antivirus several times but it refuses to run.All I get is the message-
                                                            YOU ARE UNPROTECTED
                                                 Avast background service is not running
Can anyone throw any light on this.
The only advice I have found so far is to do a repair via control pannel or to uninstall/reinstall which I have done several times to no avail.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 23 July 2016 - 09:49 AM.
moved from XP to the appropriate forum

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 02:19 PM

Spoke to soon.TheDesktop running windows 10 has now developed the same fault.Help.

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 06:37 AM

There may be a conflict going on with Windows Defender. Windows 8 and Windows 10 integrates a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection. Since Windows 8/10 Defender includes anti-virus protection, it typically is automatically disabled by the installation of a third-party anti-virus program. Windows Defender recognizes the install and automatically disables itself when other anti-virus products are used to avoid conflicts but in some cases this does not always work as intended and conflicts may occur.
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