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June 4, 2008, 7:39 am
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CRAWL. I have no idea why, after tweaking for days, I said hell with it.
So, now, I am trying the free version of Avira. It does seem to be working
okay without the bloat (I think -- I need to try more things).
My question is simple. When scanning it seems the default is:
"Use smart extensions"
Another option I can configure is to scan "all files."
Is the default good enough? I'm running it for the first time now and it
does take awhile!
Re: Avira question
And what was the question?
There are 2 scanners, each with its own configuration. You never
mentioned if you were asking about the on-access (realtime) scanner or
the on-demand scanner.
Personally, I use the file extension list for the on-access scanner
(Guard) and smart extensions in the on-demand scanner which is slower
but I don't often use it (mostly when I download something). I really
don't need the on-demand scanner interrogating .txt files if they don't
contain execution headers (i.e., an executable hidden in a .txt file)
since text files are not executable (and whatever might use code in the
text file would have to be executable and that is what gets scanned).
Depends on what you define as good enough. Go through the options and
read the help on each so you understand how they affect the program.
More secure equates to more impact to the responsiveness of your host.
It's up to you if you want the most security at the most impact or some
more reasonable level of protection at less impact.
Its on-demand scanner is one of the slower ones. The on-demand scan
mostly gets executed as a scheduled event while I'm sleeping so it
doesn't matter that it takes longer for it to scan.
Re: Avira question
| OK -- I just could not get AVG 8.0 to work without slowing my computer to a
| CRAWL. I have no idea why, after tweaking for days, I said hell with it.
| So, now, I am trying the free version of Avira. It does seem to be working
| okay without the bloat (I think -- I need to try more things).
| My question is simple. When scanning it seems the default is:
| "Use smart extensions"
| Another option I can configure is to scan "all files."
| Is the default good enough? I'm running it for the first time now and it
| does take awhile!
Smart Extensions is a way of decreasing overhaed by decreasing the number of
being scanned. Either you scan ALL files or you scan files with extensions most
to be used maliciously.
If you are unsure, select all files and see how much overhead it adds.
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp