OneCare: after 8 hours it scanned only 2% of my HD (!?)

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I'm in Windows Vista and I installed OneCare yesterday for the first
time.
After 8 hours that Microsoft OneCare is checking my HD for viruses I
looked at the status and it says 2%. It's still checking files and
folders under the folder C:$WINDOWS.~Q.
It seems working because I see the names of what it's currently
scanning that fastly change and the HD led and noise activity at
80/100%.
I've 300GB of data and I always found reasonable 12/24 hours for a
complete HD virus scan.
Is it normal that OneCare is so slow? how can I troubleshoot this
problem? what is C:$WINDOWS.~Q for?

Luca


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One care has been rated very low.
http://blogs.pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/tux-love/2007/03/antivirus_tests_rate_onecare_l.html

I don't know the details but I would find another product.
Just Google antivirus ratings


Clark



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Many thanks Clark for your link. I found the lecture interesting.
However, reading the comments in that first page you linked, I
understand that the OneCare lack is mostly in recognizing old viruses
that are no more "in the wild". When it comes to virus in the wild and
speed it doesn't seem that OneCare is bad. It's a pity that that so
analytic comparative test doesn't take in consideration the speed of
the antiviruses. It can be that for recognizing a big number of even
old viruses the top products are slower...

Luca


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'Luca Villa' wrote:
| I'm in Windows Vista and I installed OneCare yesterday for the first
| time.
| After 8 hours that Microsoft OneCare is checking my HD for viruses I
| looked at the status and it says 2%. It's still checking files and
| folders under the folder C:$WINDOWS.~Q.
| It seems working because I see the names of what it's currently
| scanning that fastly change and the HD led and noise activity at
| 80/100%.
| I've 300GB of data and I always found reasonable 12/24 hours for a
| complete HD virus scan.
| Is it normal that OneCare is so slow? how can I troubleshoot this
| problem? what is C:$WINDOWS.~Q for?
_____

Do any other programs seem to take an unusually long time?  Certainly even a
system with 300 GBytes stored should be scanned in a few hours.  What are
the specifications for your system?  CPU/installed memory/hard drive
capacity/operating system?  Microsoft antimalware solutions are not worth
spending ANY time on - they just are not ready for use and have one of the
lowest detection rates.  What you should consider is if the extremely long
scan time may indicate other problems with your system (for example, a
failing hard drive or hard drive controller can GREATLY slow down hard drive
operations because many repeat reads may be performed in order to get valid
data.

Phil Weldon

| I'm in Windows Vista and I installed OneCare yesterday for the first
| time.
| After 8 hours that Microsoft OneCare is checking my HD for viruses I
| looked at the status and it says 2%. It's still checking files and
| folders under the folder C:$WINDOWS.~Q.
| It seems working because I see the names of what it's currently
| scanning that fastly change and the HD led and noise activity at
| 80/100%.
| I've 300GB of data and I always found reasonable 12/24 hours for a
| complete HD virus scan.
| Is it normal that OneCare is so slow? how can I troubleshoot this
| problem? what is C:$WINDOWS.~Q for?
|
| Luca
|



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Phil has a really good point:
Quote:
(What you should consider is if the extremely long
scan time may indicate other problems with your system (for example, a
failing hard drive or hard drive controller can GREATLY slow down hard drive
operations because many repeat reads may be performed in order to get valid
data.). and CPU/installed memory.

If your system is only running 512mb RAM for instance you need to upgrade
(yes even on a new system)
Dell is notorious for instance, sending out units with XP and 128 megs of
RAM which runs way slower than say XP with 256 or 512mb RAM.
not to mention ATA 100 with a spindle speed of 5400 rpm on the hard drive.

Clark








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OneCare's full scan is certainly not the fastest in this business, but
your reported scan time is totally off the charts.  What other
real-time security products are running on your sytem?  It looks like
you've got a lot of contention with another active monitor fighting
with OneCare.  Moderated peer to peer support for WLOC can be accessed
here:

http://forums.microsoft.com/windowsonecare/default.aspx?siteid=2

They'll probably be able to give you some help with the suite.


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Information about what should be excluded from *any* virus scan is here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822158/en-us

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Hi,

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I visited the above site.   I saw this:
%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Datastore
I have no clues to "%windir%".
Could you please tell me the exact name of folder for this site.
TIA.    Roman




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James King wrote:
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It's your Windows folder.

Go to "Start," "Run," type in %windir% and your Windows folder will open
in an Explorer window.


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Co-Office Holder, Ministry of Circle Jerks, April and May 2007
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