AVG Free v8 Full Scan Time?

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I'm running AVG Free v8 and had it set to perform a daily scan. The
scan takes 2.5+ hours to complete and affects the response time of the
system during this time. I am running WinXP SP3, no other security
software is running in real time (I have a Linksys 4-Port Router that
is set with a hardware firewall). I have a single internal drive
divided into 3 partitions, an external harddrive with 1 partition.

The settings in AVG for the Scan the Whole Computer - is, everything
checked except "Scan for Rootkits" and "Scan for Media Files".

The settings in AVG for Scan specific files and folders -  is
everything checked except "Scan Tracking Cookies", "Scan System
Environment", and "Scan for Rootkits".

What could be causing this scan to take so long? I do manual scans
with Spybot, Spy Sweeper and AdAware and they scan the entire system
very quickly (about 1/2 hour).   None of these are running in real
time - I manually start them when I want a scan.  And then ensure they
are not active in real time after the scans.

Thanks and any insights appreciated.

brunoman
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Charliec

Re: AVG Free v8 Full Scan Time?

Charliec wrote:

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Every day?  What do you do with the computer that makes you think you
might infect yourself every day?

Set it to scan once a week on Sunday morning at 3:00 AM.

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   -bts
   -Friends don't let friends drive Windows

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I have already set it to once a week, but was wondering what takes the
scan so long!


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Charliec

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| I have already set it to once a week, but was wondering what takes the
| scan so long!

There are numerous variables that affects the scan time which includes, but is
not limited
to...

The size of your TIF
The amount of junk in the TEMP folders.
The speed of the CPU
The speed of the hard disk
The typse of files being scanned such as all file types or selected file types.
If you are scanning Archive files
Scanning email databse files


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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Well, as I indicated in my original message, I do full scans
periodically (manual starts) with AdAware, Spy Sweeper, and SpyBot and
they take about 1/4 of the time of AVG - just trying to figure our why
AVG takes so long and other scan programs don't.

What am I missing?
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Charliec

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| Well, as I indicated in my original message, I do full scans
| periodically (manual starts) with AdAware, Spy Sweeper, and SpyBot and
| they take about 1/4 of the time of AVG - just trying to figure our why
| AVG takes so long and other scan programs don't.

| What am I missing?
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| Charliec

Everything.  You have to look at the scan parameters to compare them.


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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Charliec wrote:

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AVG is an anti-virus program.
Ad-Aware is an anti-ad program.
SpySweeper and SpybotS&D are anti-spyware programs.

They are all looking for different things, which hide in different
places. You are comparing apples, oranges, and bananas.

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   -bts
   -Friends don't let friends drive Windows

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AVG 8 is anti-virus AND anti-other-malware by default.
Can be changed in the settings if desired.

Henry



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Dragon wrote:

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Then that is an even better reason why his AVG takes so much longer to
do a scan, especially since he selected a deep scan of all drives.

Aside:  it is a lot easier to just stop using Windows.  :-)

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   -bts
   -Friends don't let friends drive Windows

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Depends on what you want to do.
Have you tried using an Excel workbook, with lots of macros, in Open Office?

Henry



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Dragon wrote:
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No, I actually gave up that heavy-duty stuff when I retired seven years
ago. Have you tried using an Excel workbook, with lots of macros, in MS
Excel with Wine or Crossover Office?  (No, I haven't either.)

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   -bts
   -Friends don't let friends drive Windows

Re: AVG Free v8 Full Scan Time?

On 11/04/2008 04:50 PM, Charliec sent:
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Hello Charliec:

Along with the good advice from others, you might consider cleaning out
your partitions with CCleaner and following with a good defragmentation
with something as good as JKDefrag.

Would you like to tell us more hardware details?  OS?  How much are you
storing on each of the three partitions?  How much ram does your system
have?  Is your system's cache at optimum?  How much free space is in the
three partitions.  Does your system run about as quickly as it always
has?  Are any systems processes running that could be discontinued or
suspended?

Warm regards.

Pete

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1PW

@?6A62?FEH9:DE=6o2@=]4@> [r4o7t]

Re: AVG Free v8 Full Scan Time?

AVG 8 is rather too heavy on resources and tries to do too much IMHO. I used
AVG7 for many years because it was light and quick. Other people have given
you excellent advice about cleaning up with other programs first etc. But
after upgrading to AVG8 I decided that Avira did the job much better and
quicker, and although a longtime supporter of AVG, I now prefer Avira. But
once a week is enough for any scan unless you are heavily into dodgy
websites :-)

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Yours Quilly,


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Charliec wrote:
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AVG 8 is significantly slower then7.5, forget about scanning every day, just
set it to do it once a week and forget about it

Gaz



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