Avast interfering with steam. Games taking forever to download.

s3478h99

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I had some sort of virus for a while that took over my McAfee program and wouldn't allow me to turn scanning on. Having no antivirus protection I acquired some viruses, I assume and yesterday my computer crashed. I restarted it multiple times and I couldn't open up any program without the computer completely freezing and internet explorer opening random websites. I decided to restore my computer to factory settings today and installed the free trial of avast premier. It was working fine until I started to re download my games on steam which were downloading incredibly slow. Avast has its own firewall so I thought I should turn windows firewall off. When I tried to do this it said McAfee was controlling windows firewall. When I tried to delete McAfee nothing would happen. I guess my dell computer came preloaded with McAfee. Could McAfee be interfering with avasts firewall causing the slow download rate on steam? Any help will be greatly appreciated as I have no idea what to do.
 

Mouldread

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Hello,

Antivirus programs almost never mix and match. In 95% of the cases there would be some interference. If I were you I would back up my important files, format my hard drive, install fresh Windows and use AVG Free. Never had any issues for years with AVG Free.
 

Hawkeye22

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Did you try going into the steam settings and change the download loacation? Steam guesses your location based on your IP address. Mine defaulted to Cincinatti, OH although I live in PA. I live much closer to Pittsburgh than Cincinnatti.
 

klwiley07

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You might try to load your games without using Steam. & i would recommend running MalwareBytes https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/ This program will not interfere with your antivirus program, Just turn off option to load at startup. I cannot use Steam w/my any of games. Am using windows 7 Ultimate
 

Woz12

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Hi, I had Steam installed, running Windows 7 Pro with Avast Pro, with no effect from Avast on Steam. As soon as I tried Playing War-Frame the downloads took literally hours, and then when up dates were finished - War-Frame wouldn't run. What to do? Google, found out Avast the problem, and came across you guys. thought about it, and found a way to make it work. Go into Steams Settings and Select Avast as an accepted program to run with Steam. I did it, and wow, downloaded everything within a few minutes. In no time I was up & running. Maybe it will work with other games. Hope this has been a help.
 
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