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avast really seems to be scanning the crap out of everything, slowing me down


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#1 cpunoob

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 05:03 PM

version 2015.10.0.2206

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i have a

amd 1.3 gig processor

640mb ram

33 somthing harddrive gigs

32mb graphics

 

winxp

 

i can see it running in the windows task manager under processes "avastsvc.exe" cpu is always running high when im loading new pages.

i know i have an old machine but is avast now more power hungry?



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 05:18 PM


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 size and used capacity (number of 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/CPU resources by the scanner.
  • Other running processes and programs in the background.
  • Whether the scanning engine stalls, hangs or freezes.
  • Interference from malware.
  • Interference from other security programs attempting to scan at the same time.
  • Interference from other programs attempting to update (download/install) components from the Internet.
  • Interference from the user (whether or not you use the computer during the scan).
Note: Using two or more program 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.

To speed up a scan, uninstall unnecessary programs, clean out temporary files, temporarily disable any other real-time protection tools, close all open programs, perform a Quick Scan instead of a Full one and do not use the computer during the scan.
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Posted 30 October 2014 - 05:28 PM

im guessing its the real tiem protection thing

 

it seems to be slowing my browsing load speed, more than usual

noticed after a update a few days ago, i dont know the version i  had before that ran fine.

but now its a little more laggy

 

its the only live scan thing i have now

i had mse before, got rid of it after support for xp ended, and switched before all kinds of support will come to an end

 

i picked avast at the time since it had  lower system requirements than a few others i checked



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 06:34 PM

I have been using avast! on my wife's computer for years. I recently installed the latest program update and have not noted any adverse impact.
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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:42 PM

version 2015.10.0.2206

definitions 141028-1

 

i have a

amd 1.3 gig processor

640mb ram

33 somthing harddrive gigs

32mb graphics

 

winxp

 

i can see it running in the windows task manager under processes "avastsvc.exe" cpu is always running high when im loading new pages.

i know i have an old machine but is avast now more power hungry?

 

The latest version of Avast is Avast Antivirus 2015 I haven't tried it yet, but I have read lots of reviews about Avast! anti-virus 2014. I agree with anti-malware scan depends on a variety of factors. Sometimes no matter how good our system specifications, scanning always depends on how strong or how infected your gadgets are.



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:54 PM

Reading through topics at the avast forum, it appears there is an increase of complaints/issues with avast 2015. I suspect they will be releasing a program update in the near future to address these.
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