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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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...the kernel hooks that MS (presumably) provide for AV vendors...

'Patching the kernel' is not the same as 'writing a device driver'. Microsoft provides a rich, documented and free API for drivers to use to hook into call chains. I can fault Mcrosoft on many things, but not this. AV writers have a history of destabilising the very software they are trying to protect: I suspect Avast is a rat's nest of hackery, patching and general under-the-hood horrors. And they've been caught out. As ever with AV software, the cure is far worse than the disease.

And 'a previously working configuration' doesn't mean all the running software (i.e. Avast) is going about things the right way.

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