|reply to Just Rachel |
I was fortunate enough to be able to move away from my Hughes connection about 3 years ago. Thus, I'm not sure that I can speak directly to whether your issue is with the Hughes connection, but I would suggest getting rid of the Avast anti-virus software. I used Avast for several years, and I think that it was, for a time, an excellent anti-virus product, but, a year or two ago, I think that the quality of the product started to deteriorate. I eventually traced it to being the cause of a number of problems on my computers, including slow and failed uploads and email issues. Also, it was causing my computers to take about twice as long to boot as they should have been taking. When I checked the Avast and other forums, I found that others using Avast were having the same issues that I was having. When I uninstalled the Avast and replaced it with another anti-virus program, all of those issues immediately disappeared.
I have switched to using the free Microsoft Security Essentials, and have had no issues with it during the year and half or so that I've been using it. I am quite careful about not visiting potentially "unsafe" sites. So, I can't speak for the level of protection that it affords for those who do go to potentially "unsafe" sites, but it has given me excellent protection from viruses and other malware.
Note that, if you do decide to switch from Avast to another product, make sure that you have completely uninstalled the Avast before installing another A-V product. If you go to the Avast website, you will find an Avast removal tool, and using it will completely remove any traces of Avast from your computer.