Have you encountered this error while attempting to start up Avast Free Antivirus on your Windows 7 computer? This issue has been encountered by mainly Windows 7 users, particularly those who have recently installed or updated the software. This article will expand on what this error means for your computer, explicate what could have possibly caused this error to appear on your computer, and outline a few methods for troubleshooting this error.
What is AvastUI.exe?
The AvastUI.exe process is a software component of Avast Free Antivirus, a shareware or freeware security program that can be downloaded onto Windows and MacOS computers to protect against viruses and malware. AvastUI.exe launches the UI, or user interface, for Avast Free Antivirus and is generally effective in doing so. However, Windows 7 users in particular have faced issues with AvastUI.exe completing this process recently after installation or a new update. The next section will detail these issues that prompt the “AvastUI.exe – entry point not found” error to occur.
Causes of AvastUI.exe – Entry Point Not Found
There are a number of factors that could be influencing the AvastUI.exe process to fail. However, there are a few that are far more commonly reported causes that have particularly affected Windows 7 users. Before looking into these causes, you should first ensure that the AvastUI.exe file on your computer is not a virus or malware. Viruses and malware often camouflage themselves under the guise of an executable in order to infiltrate computers.
Go through the necessary investigative process, checking the file’s location, information, and spelling, to determine whether or not you are dealing with a virus. If you have determined that you are dealing with a virus, then Malwarebytes is an effective anti-virus tool for removing viruses and malware. If you have determined that you are not dealing with a virus, then you are most likely dealing with one of two commonly reported causes.
Either an update for Avast has been released which has broken its installation or a reinstallation of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Packages, typically alongside the Avast installation, has gone corrupt. Fortunately, there are troubleshooting methods for each of these problems. The next section will outline these troubleshooting methods.
How to Fix AvastUI.exe – Entry Point Not Found
There are several methods for troubleshooting the two likely causes mentioned in the preceding section. Be sure to follow the instructions detailed for each troubleshooting method as precisely as possible.
1. Repair Avast Free Antivirus
One method for troubleshooting a new Avast update that has broken its installation is to simply navigate to the Control Panel and repair it. To repair Avast Free Antivirus on a Windows 7 computer, follow these six steps.
- Before you begin, make sure that you are logged in with an admin account as you will not be able to delete programs using any other account.
- Click on the Start menu and open Control Panel by searching for it in the search bar.
- In the Control Panel, select View as: Category in the top right-hand corner and click on Uninstall a Program under the Programs section.
- Locate Avast Free Antivirus in the Control Panel and click on Uninstall/Repair.
- The Uninstallation Wizard will prompt you with two options: Repair and Remove. Select Repair and continue clicking Next for all of the following prompts.
- Click Finish when the Uninstallation Wizard completes the process and then restart your computer to see whether your issue has been resolved.
2. Install a New Version of Avast Free Antivirus
Another method for troubleshooting a new Avast update breaking its installation is to uninstall and then reinstall a new version of Avast Free Antivirus. To uninstall Avast Free Antivirus on your Windows 7 computer, follow these eight steps.
- Click the Windows Start button and select the Control Panel.
- Under Programs, click Uninstall a Program, or Programs and Features if using the large/small icons view.
- Right-click Avast Free Antivirus, then select Uninstall from the drop-down menu.
- If prompted for permission by User Account Control, click Yes.
- When the Avast Setup wizard appears, click Uninstall.
- Click Yes on the subsequent window to confirm the uninstallation of Avast Free Antivirus.
- Wait until the Avast Setup wizard successfully removes Avast Free Antivirus from your computer.
- When the confirmation dialog appears, click Restart Computer to complete the uninstallation process.
Then, go to Avast’s website and click on the Download Free Antivirus icon to download the latest version of Avast Free Antivirus.
3. Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package
If you believe the cause of the “AvastUI.exe – entry point not found” error on your computer is a corrupt reinstallation of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package, then there is a troubleshooting method for resolving the issue. To resolve this issue, simply uninstall and then reinstall the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package. To do so, follow these seven steps.
- Click the Windows Start menu button and open the Control Panel by searching for it in the search bar.
- In the Control Panel, switch the View As option to Category at the top right-hand corner of the screen and click on Uninstall a Program under the Programs section, or Programs and Features section.
- Locate Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package in the Control Panel and click Uninstall after clicking on it. If there are several versions of the utility, you will have to repeat the process for each one.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to move through the Uninstallation Wizard.
- Click Finish when the Uninstallation Wizard finishes its process. Then, reinstall the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package on the Microsoft Support website.
Ultimately, the “AvastUI.exe – entry point not found” error is fairly simple to troubleshoot on a computer running Windows 7. If you follow the troubleshooting methods listed above as precisely as possible, then your issue should be resolved in no time.