How long does your full virus scan take?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Karen44, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. Karen44

    Karen44 Nibble Poster

    Evening all! :biggrin

    Mine takes over an hour and drives me mad. Is this normal?

    I was using Norton Internet Security, but now it has expired I have changed to Grisoft AVG 7.1 (free) - still the same scan time.

    Certifications: None worth mentioning yet...
    WIP: A+, N+, MCSE
  2. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    It depends on how big your drive is and how much data you need to have scanned.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  3. Rostros22

    Rostros22 Kilobyte Poster

    I use the avast software and that takes a long time to run a full scan.

    Thinking of using the sophos anti-virus client in the near future to see how that runs.
    Certifications: ITIL Certs, F.A.S.T Auditor Certs
    WIP: None - Application with Police
  4. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    Yes Karen, a full scan can take a very long time, so it is best to schedule it for a time when you are usually having dinner or watching TV.

    I occasionally run a MacAfee superdat scan in DOS. It is a really good way of removing unwanted malware because windows isn't running and the scan engine is able to access files which are usually protected by the operating system. However, it took four hours the last time I ran it like that. It is not as quick to fix computers as many people think!
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  5. Veteran's son

    Veteran's son Megabyte Poster

    Nothing to add really. :)
    But(as was already said) schedule the scan for
    a time when you don't need to use the computer
    (like overnight, for example).
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+

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