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Avast Interferes with FastStone Image View; Help!

by mystierik / February 29, 2012 5:29 AM PST

I updated Avast the other day - and found it royally screwing up another program I rely and depend on: FastStone Image Viewer. Both of these programs have worked together fine for years -- but now suddenly FastStone is crashing every time I try to use it.

FastStone basically loads, usually with a new message saying "Updating Database" (it usually never says that). There's a red line around the program windows - and after a second it crashes. Repeated attempts to open the program yield the exact same results.

I uninstalled both programs and reinstalled them. I installed FastStone first - and found the problem was gone. I reinstalled Avast - and the same issue arose.

Is there a way to fix this? Please explain anything as simply as possible -- I am not good with computers, and don't understand most tech talk.

This seems like a problem on Avast's part. I like Avast - but I like FastStone Image Viewer more. So if there isn't a solution, does anyone know of another free anti-virus service I could try?

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Avast Auto Sandbox was issue with Fast Stone Image Viewer
by mystierik / February 29, 2012 6:02 AM PST

I found the answer on the Avast Message Board (thanks to the person who suggested that)

It's the Auto Sandbox's fault. Turn it off, or have it ask you every time. You can find it under Additional Protection on the left side of the Avast Window, click on Settings, and unclick the box "Enable Sandbox", or change the option to "Ask".

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 29, 2012 5:35 AM PST

System Restore to a date before Avast was updated and hopefully that will get you back to both programs working together.

Then either report this problem directly to Avast or wait to see if a future update solves the problem.


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Already did it
by mystierik / February 29, 2012 5:43 AM PST
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Already did that. Didn't help.

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then other than Bob's suggestion
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 29, 2012 5:48 AM PST
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and if you want to continue using FastStone, it looks like you will have to uninstall Avast.

I would do as Bob suggested and post this in the Avast forums.

There may be another option but I don't know Avast at all so I can't be sure. But does Avast's own Control Panel or options have any option to exclude FastStone from its scans?


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PS. After I added that reply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 29, 2012 5:50 AM PST

I started reading some posts where folk are reporting similar issues with other software titles.

--> Ouch.

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I'd also look in their other forum at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 29, 2012 5:39 AM PST
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