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Why So Many Items To Scan?

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#1 worker


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Posted 12 May 2007 - 08:33 PM

When Norton does it's weekly scan, it now literally takes more than a day. Last week it totaled over 17,000,000 items that it scanned. How is this possibe? Where are all of these items so that I can delete them. They're probably the cause of this computer running so slow much of the time? I have deleted temporary files, run disc cleanup, checked windows explorer for files and looked in add or remove programs but I still don't know why I have all these "items". My technical knowledge is limited so I hope someone can help. Thanks so much.

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 10:28 PM

You can chose which areas to scan. For example set the scan settings to C:\ only.
Download CCleaner. Chose one of the builds there.
CCleaner clean up your computer of junk files.
The ISSUES button cleans the registry. Registry cleaners are for professionals only as it may damage the registry.

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 07:13 AM

Hello worker

In addition to those files you mentioned, your anti-virus will also scan your registry which accounts for many of the items scanned total.

Try doing your scans in "SAFE MODE".

The Windows operating system protects files when they are being accessed by an application or a program. Malware writers create programs that can insert itself and hide in these protected areas when the files are being used. Using Safe Mode reduces the number of modules requesting files to only the essentials to make your computer functional. This in turn reduces the number of hiding places for malware, making it easier to find and delete the offending files. Using anti-malware tools, Scandisk, Chkdsk, Defrag, & Disk Cleanup in Safe Mode also speeds up the scanning process.

If your computer seems to be slow, read Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential.
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Posted 13 May 2007 - 12:02 PM

How large is your hard drive, and how much space is being used?
You can more safely use Window's Disk Cleanup utility than CCleaner , especially if you are not that comfortable with how computers work(you have to be extremely careful about using this, and understand the various things it can do, else you can seriously damage you computer's functioning).
You may also be able to use Norton to selectively scan on parts of your computer.
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