Avast forum posts suggested this was in the beta version
and would be back to normal when fully released. I could wonder if pulling the update via the program's maintenance feature was the key reason. Perhaps what was deposited on that server was not complete. I did check the version and didn't see any beta reference. In any event, all is well. I do some volunteer work in a school helping to resolve problems and find many to be caused by operators who just always click "yes"....and wonder later why their computer is being bad.