The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which has been released on August 2nd, has developed issues as it crashes under an Avast antivirus update on some systems. It’s on the Skylate Virtualization Technology machines that this issue has been reported and it has led to a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) action.
Avast Quality Assurance Director Petr Chytil discusses this issue in an Avast forum discussion. The forum discusses the issue in the following manner-
What happened (simple version)?
Avast Antivirus without Thursday’s patch + Windows 10 Anniversary Update + Intel Skylake with Intel VT on = BSOD.
What happened (in detail)?
An Avast article titled ‘Avast Antivirus: Preventing a BSOD when installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update’ says- “An incompatibility issue with one of our drivers is reportedly causing a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to appear when installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. To avoid this issue, we recommend you repair your Avast Antivirus software (or update if you are not already using the latest version) before applying the Windows update.”
The issue has affected and could affect anyone who uses Avast antivirus on a PC with Intel Skylake CPUs with Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) enabled in the BIOS.
Avast has reportedly worked on the issue very promptly. The Avast article says- “Avast released an emergency patch within 48 hours of the first reports of the issue. It is now safe to perform a clean installation on PCs using the online installer on Intel VT enabled Skylake CPUs running the Windows Anniversary Update.”
On whether Avast antivirus is compatible with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Petr Chytil says in the forum- “Yes. For the time being, however, please don’t perform installations using offline installers without an internet connection. We will update offline installers later.” Implement effective virus scans to safeguard the system from nefarious threats.