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#1 bobupp

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:19 PM

My anti everything takes 7 hours to scan my computer and I'm thinking maybe there are better products out there so I joined this group to see whats what. I have the latest version of Webroot antivirus w/ spysweeper

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:29 PM

2 programs come to mind. Malwarebytes and\or SUPERAntiSpyware.
Both offer a free version with on demand scan only. Scan time vary from program to program and depend on program settings as well as amount of data being scanned. Both paid versions offer real time protection.

Combine one free and one paid for with a free AV of your choice for some very good protection.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:48 PM

It is helpfull thanks

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:41 PM

My anti everything takes 7 hours to scan my computer

The speed and ability to complete 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 or a combination of both.
  • Options to scan for spyware, adware, riskware and potentially unwanted 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, .cab, archived, compressed, packed, 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.
-- Using two security scanning engines at the same time can cause each to interfere with the other, cause systems hangs, false detections, unreliable results and other unpredictable behavior. Some online scanners will detect existing anti-virus software and refuse to cooperate so may have to disable the real-time protection components of your existing anti-virus and try running the scan again.

To speed up your scans, uninstall unnecessary programs, clean out the temporary files or use ATF Cleaner first, temporarily disable any other real-time protection tools, close all open programs and do not use the computer during the scan. If the scan still seems slow or hangs, then try performing the scan in "safe mode".

Note: It is not unusual for an anti-virus or anti-malware scanner to be suspicious of some compressed, archived, .cab and packed files because they have difficulty reading what is inside them. These kind of files often trigger alerts by security software using heuristic detection because they are resistant to scanning (difficult to read). This resistance may also result in some scanners to stall (hang) on these particular types of files or just ignore (skip) them. Certain files in the System Volume Information Folder like the Tracking.log (created by the Distributed Link Tracking Service to store maintenance information) have also been reported as a source causing some scanners to hang.
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