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#1 gvan

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:24 PM

Running WinXP home.w/ svc pack 3, using 2.75g memory
Because of very long (growing longer) virus checker time, I started looking at my hard drive file folders, and found numerous of them had long names with a series of assorted letters and numbers. I am not familiar with them and would like to eliminate them if I can without messing things up. Also I hope that would make my virus checker operate in much shorter time. I am using Computer Associates virus program, and the time has gone from about 2 hours to as much as (last night) 10 hours to run. I would appreciate any suggestions.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:33 PM

This is the way that I reason...if the files were created by a program I am using (such as an AV program), how do I determine that such files are not necessary to the proper functioning of the program?

What if deletion has no impact...or worse, increases scan time?

Something is wrong, 10 hours is much too long for an AV scan. I think I'd be worrying more about what could create a more inefficient AV scan, rather than trying to shorten the time.

I'd try an uninstall/reinstall of the AV program first...then I'd try a different AV program.

CA is far from the only AV program around that does the job.

I have over a million files on this system...a scan of every partition takes about 2.5 hours.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:50 PM

That sounds so logical I feel stupid for not thinking of it. Thanks I will see about doing just that and see how it goes. You are right about the AV should go much faster, and it used to do so. I just haven't really looked at it recently, as I have it run in the late evening, so all I do is check in the morning to see all is well.
I appreciate the fast reply. Thank you,
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:40 PM

Let us know how it goes :thumbsup:.

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