I asked about this (nicely) over at Avira and got ignored. I got one reply from the not very helpful tech (who has been called rude here) and he didn't answer my question and I replied and asked again and have had no replies. So, maybe someone here can help me. I want to know how exactly does Avira alert you if there have been no updates after the time you set for notification to occur? I have Avira set to notify me if no updates take place after TWO DAYS (default setting is three days). I have the updater set to invisible so the only way I will know if something is wrong with updating is to periodically open the GUI and look at the date of the latest update or rely on the notification after 2 days of no updates. (I had to set the updater to invisible because I have it check every hour and it got to be irritating to get that popup box that sits itself on top of the minimize/restore/close buttons for my browser). Avira did not update for 5 DAYS and I got NO notification!!!! I even ran a rare full scan four days after the last update and didn't realize there had been no updates. I have never before used an AV that didn't scream and yell at me in ways in which I could not miss if updating stopped for a significant amount of time. I got no answer at Avira about what sort of notification does Avira do when updating stops for whatever reason. (In my case the updater was corrupted during an update). Avira has the setting for "invisible" updates so there obviously is some method of notification if updates stop. What is it? Should I have seen a big popup in the center of the screen? Should I have gotten a loud noise? Should the systray icon have changed in some way? What exactly did I not get? My trial of Avira Personal is up next month and I planned to buy it but I got ignored in Avira's support forum about something I think is important for any AV and it has raised some doubts in my mind. My suspicion is that possibly there was a popup and either the popup is designed poorly and does not remain on the screen until the user dismisses it (KAV was like that) so, if you are not at the computer when it pops up, you miss it and it doesn't pop up again because of poor design. Or, possibly, I have some setting, or ProcessGuard, or Proxo, etc. that somehow has blocked the notification. I asked if this might be the case in the Avira thread and was ignored. I don't know how to investigate the problem further because I don't know exactly what I was supposed to get as a notification. I also am wondering if the notification is dependent on the Guard being installed. I have been using Avira for the last three months as on demand only. So, in the systray I see a closed umbrella. Maybe the notification uses the Guard I like Avira better than any other AV I have used but their support ...well there is one helpful tech in their forum and the other tech is uniformly rude and abrupt and frequently ignores users questions or answers only part of their questions (as happened to me). I specifically asked what sort of notification I was supposed to get and the reply was "You should get a notification". Really helpful. I don't think he read my post carefully and didn't bother to read my reply either. I want to know how to prevent this from happening in the future. Of course, if the problem is that Avira pops a notice on the screen and leaves it there only briefly and only the one time...well I can't fix that but I want to know if that is how it is and when Avira plans to fix it.