“Non tech savvy users will have issues reporting or getting the problem fixed,” he explained. “To regain web access you have to disable Web Shield or disable Avast or uninstall Avast. To fix the issue you have to do a clean install of the latest version of software.”
It’s unclear how widespread the problem is. Avast’s PR reps have acknowledged our requests for comment but are yet to supply a substantive response.
All HTTP requests are blocked from all applications including Windows Update. “TCP connections are established but no HTTP request is sent,” according to Michael S.