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Regarding running Avast 4.6 anti virus

by Waltwrob / April 7, 2006 4:13 AM PDT

I use windows (home) XP system with SP2.Run an anti virus program (Avast 4.6) about two-three times a month. Use to take about 140 min looking thru 304000 files. Ran it today, took 270 min (41/2hrs) and looked thru 515140 files. It has been upgraded several times since I last ran it, however for something to take 41/2 hours seems a bit long. Just a home PC, not that many songs or data on it. Can any body guess why so long?

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Does it
by Themisive / April 7, 2006 4:31 AM PDT

Find any viruses, also what do you use to protect your system against spyware/malware.

If the answer to the second part is nothing, get Ad-aware and Spybot Search & Destroy - they'e both free programmes. Also download Ewido from it's only a 14 day shareware programme, but if you run it right away and delete anthing it finds.

Keep all your spyware/malware and anti-virus programmes updated and run them all on a regular basis (I find that once a week at least is best), you will get around that long lag time.

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41/2 hr Avast anti virus
by Waltwrob / April 7, 2006 10:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Does it

I do use both "Search and Destroy" and also "Adware".
Also use "AVG anti virus program" (takes 55 min to run) I still can't figure wahy Avast takes 41/2 hr

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Two virus removal programs
by Howmu / April 7, 2006 1:43 PM PDT

are not recommended to run simultaneosly on one machine.I would reccomend removing one or the other (they are either one good programs by themselves). I would expect you will find a much speedier virus removal with just one. I run Avast and I have a lot more files to run thru and I rarely take more than 10 or 15 minutes to complete a scan

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Why Use Avast?
by Scott Simontis / April 8, 2006 12:32 AM PDT

I have never seen much good from Avast antivirus. A client of mine had it, and when I uninstalled it and ran AVG Antivirus instead, it immediately picked up a few viruses that Avast never found. AVG might not be the world's fastest scanner either, but it should take an hour at most to complete the scan. It is available for free download at

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avast is the best
by wogboi / April 8, 2006 1:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Why Use Avast?

ever since i installed avast 18 months ago i've havn't had a virus since. i used to have AVG but it scans took 2 hours and usually after it finnished scaning it restarted or froze computer.

i have 280GB of data on my comp and avast takes bout 1 hour and a half to complete through scan

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by Themisive / April 9, 2006 12:37 AM PDT
In reply to: avast is the best

Trend Micro Internet Security, you should find that it's very quick, my version usually takes about 20 minutes to check 2 hard drives totalling 100Gb.

It is also one of the top brands of anti virus in the world. Whilst it is only a shareware product - you have 30 days to try it before purchase or removal - the actual registration fee is modest, and there are frequent free updates of both the programme and the virus pattern file.

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