Conflict between Windows and Avast

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In summary: Windows 10 checks for updated drivers automatically, and will install the most up-to-date drivers that are compatible with your device. Ignore the warnings from Avast, or switch to Win Security.
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Avast Antivirus tells me I need driver updates (and thus to buy their premium...), while Windows tells me that my drivers are up to date when I follow the instructions to update drivers. Whom should a lay person believe?
When I follow the directions on https://helpcenter.trendmicro.com/en-us/article/tmka-11234, I am told by Windows 10 that all my drivers are updated. Avast Antivirus keeps giving me notices to try to make me upgrade from the present free version to their Premium version, and one of them is that I have 12 outdated drivers. Outside of a bit of problem with audio in Skype recently, I haven't noticed anything giving me problems on my computer, but as I am a lay person (with respect to computers), there is always the nagging suspicion that I may be doing something wrong. Should I just continue to ignore this pitch from Avast? If Avast is correct, I find it hard to believe that the only way to update the drivers is via their program. (I am not computer savvy enough to go into the actual programming.)
 
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Probably just another marketing scheme. Even if driver updates are available, they may not be actually suitable for your setup and break things, which is why Windows doesn't show them. If compatible updates are available, Windows will install them when necessary if you upgrade regularly. Ignore the warnings from Avast, or switch to Win Security.
 
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Avast ye scurvy dogs!

Avast got caught with their hand in the cookie jar selling customer data with Jumpshot. You can decide for yourself how trustworthy or sketchy they are.
 
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Thanks, Wrichik Basu and Vanadium 50!
 
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Hmm. I use Norton, not Avast, but recently it's been doing the same thing, i.e. advising me that some drivers aren't the latest and inviting me to solve the problem by upgrading my subscription to a significantly more expensive option. I have declined the invitation.
 
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nomadreid said:
Avast Antivirus keeps giving me notices to try to make me upgrade from the present free version to their Premium version, and one of them is that I have 12 outdated drivers.
AVG Free does the same, on weekly basis.
It is also frequently naggin' me about registry items, temporary files, possibly visible network activity, tracking cookies and such, all solved by buying the full version, of course...

I was told once that Comodo is less aggressive. I might consider to switch.
 
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Software updating apps often provide updates from OEMs which is not always applicable to the device. For example Avast might recommend a Realtek audio driver for a HP computer that HP themselves have not verified as compatible.

The safest way to update drivers is via the computer or component manufacturers website.
 
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Related to Conflict between Windows and Avast

1. Why does Avast conflict with Windows?

Avast may conflict with Windows due to compatibility issues between the antivirus software and certain Windows updates or features. This can lead to performance issues or system instability.

2. How can I resolve conflicts between Avast and Windows?

To resolve conflicts between Avast and Windows, you can try updating both the antivirus software and your operating system to the latest versions. You can also try disabling certain Avast features or exclusions to prevent conflicts.

3. What are the common symptoms of conflicts between Avast and Windows?

Common symptoms of conflicts between Avast and Windows include system slowdowns, frequent crashes or freezes, error messages related to Avast or Windows components, and issues with certain software applications.

4. Is it safe to use Avast with Windows despite potential conflicts?

While conflicts between Avast and Windows can occur, it is generally safe to use both software together as long as you keep them updated and address any compatibility issues promptly. However, if conflicts persist, you may consider using alternative antivirus software.

5. How can I prevent conflicts between Avast and Windows in the future?

To prevent conflicts between Avast and Windows in the future, make sure to regularly update both software, configure Avast settings to avoid conflicts with Windows components, and monitor system performance for any signs of compatibility issues.

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