I've been a big Avast fan for years. Like, 8? 9? 10 years? For so many years, I loved it. Quiet, subtle, a light load on the RAM and CPU, and never, ever had any virus or spyware problems while Avast was installed. But today? I uninstalled it, because Avast had become too 'loud.' Started with their database updates. Used to suddenly say, out loud 'Avast Virus Database has been updated!' Out loud. I silenced that...and it was OK for a while. But then the same message would start popping up, silent, but in a big popup in the corner. I could live with that. Until they started this 'Software Update' program. Brand new, and terribly intrusive. Every day, once, twice. three times , a big popup....'Avast Software Update had determined that 'Adobe Air' needs to be updated.' I went in and stopped it. Unchecked the 'Software Update' notifications. BUT - kept happening. Stopped it again. And I thought I was OK. Until tonight, when a big popup appeared: 'Avast helps Schools' STOP! Enough! I uninstalled Avast, and went with Windows Security Essentials. Avast seems to feel that the end user exist only for them. It was awful. Here's a message to Avast: work in the background. You are too LOUD!