AV Scan Times

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  1. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    Are there tests of AV Scan times? I seem to remember that in the past I had seen such tests.

    Norton IS took 5 hours today to scan my PC. I am using default settings. I did really like the short scan times of KIS after the first one by scanning only new or changed files. Is there a similar setting for Norton?

    My OS is W7 and I have a 750 gig hardrive with only 68 gigs used.

    PS. I just noticed that Smart Definitions was OFF. Could that contribute to the long scan time?

    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
  2. Noob

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    Norton IS 2011 on my PC first time scan takes 48:xx minutes after the first scan, all others take around 18-20 minutes :D
     
  3. JerryM

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    I had my external portable hard drive connected. I assume that Norton scanned that HD in addition to my computer. That would account for the at least twice as long scan. Make sense?

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    Jerry
     
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    Mid 20s to scan with CIS cloud scanning enabled.
     
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    Full complete scans are not required to be done nowadays unless in special cases such as cleaning viral threat. First scan with Norton would take longer than any subsequent scan . Additionally , make sure you run File Insight (Application rating) or Full Reputatuon scan before that . By doing this Norton will take reputation of the file from the cloud and they won't be scanned after that unless change has occured.

    You don't need to perform scans manually - Norton does this by itself (by default this is during idle times).

    As for the Smart Definitions: Norton 2011 products' definitions are : Full complete set (Intelligent update) and Smart Definitions. Smart definitions are set of definitions that are 30% smaller than the complete standart set . Smart definitions doesn't include detection for obsolete threats and threats that Symantec Security Response thinks are dead , no longer seen , very very old ones ... Smart Definitions are made for people with older or not so powerful computers so that download of signatures is faster and computer is faster , too. Smart Definitions doesn't make the computer less protection , because other protection mechanisms in Norton remain enabled.

    Currently Norton scans are considered fast (as you may also see in AVC's comparatives)
     
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    Yep.

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  9. JerryM

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    Thanks, All for the help. I am going to make a scan within the next few days to see what the time is when set up properly. I do appreciate the help.


    Regards,
    Jerry
     
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