Got fed up with Avast’s pop-ups offering to ‘fix’ things for me, i.e. pay up.
Uninstalled Avast - very thoroughly - and installed the latest Beta of CIS (I was already using the Firewall).
no more nags
boots a couple of seconds quicker
shuts down in half the time
at a guess, another 500MB RAM to use (W7 Pro, 32-bit, 4GB RAM)
one, mainly, some programmes take a lot longer to open, e.g. Pale moon was 2 sec., now 6 sec.; LibreOffice also 3 sec. to 6 sec. A few others are also slower. Some aren’t affected at all.
Is there a way to remove the delay from those programmes that are affected?