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#1 littlebit

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 02:19 PM

I was just wondering if someone could please tell me why sometimes, when the scan is done with AVG 8.0233 it takes forever?

One time the scan will take 1 hour and then yesterday it started run at 2 am (like it does everynight) and it took 11 hours to go through it.

I don't understand why it would take so long to go through and come up with the cookies list. Could someone explain why the scan time can take so long or take a short amount of time?

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 03:09 PM

The speed of an anti-virus or anti-malware scan depends on a variety of factors.
  • The program itself and how its scanning engine is designed to scan: using a signature database vs heuristic scanning for suspicious behavior or a combination of both.
  • Options to scan for spyware, adware, riskware and potentially unwanted or unsafe programs (PUPs).
  • Options to scan memory, boot sectors, registry and alternate data streams (ADS).
  • Type of scan performed: Deep, Quick or Custom scanning.
  • What action has to be performed when malware is detected.
  • A computer's hard drive size.
  • Disk used capacity (number of files to include temporary files) that have to be scanned.
  • Types of files (.exe, .dll, .sys, archives, email, etc) that are scanned.
  • Whether external drives are included in the scan.
  • Competition for and utilization of system resources by the scanner.
  • Other running processes and programs in the background.
  • Interference from malware.
  • Interference from the user.
To speed up your scans, uninstall unnecessary programs, clean out the temporary files or use ATF Cleaner first, and then perform your scans in "Safe Mode"
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Posted 05 February 2009 - 11:47 AM

Thank you so much for the information. This was very good and I understand it better.

Thanks again

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 11:57 AM

You're welcome. :thumbsup:
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