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Old 06-13-2012, 01:44 AM   #1
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When i scan my computer with a anti virus macfee. It takes ages to scan. It scan one to 5 item a time

What does that.mean
And why so slow. It used to scan fast

Does that mean my hard drive is slowing down. I have ran i defrag last 30 days.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:03 AM   #2
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The scanning speed is usually associated with system performance. If you have multiple applications open at the same time as the scan, it will slow down significantly. The newer versions of Mcafee eventually require more resources than the previous iterations. I suggest thus that you close any unnecessary applications and try scanning again.
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What does clone do? And how do i use it

Yeah if im scanning and using the pc it goes really slow sometime it freezes.
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Clone? I am not sure what you are referring to.
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Oh sorry. Mis underdstood

I meant close i dont know i got clone from. Lol. Sorry.
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Well, I simply meant scanning when you don't have open applications. Such as not running a browser, or a word processor like MS Word while you scan. This could improve performance and reduce scan time.

If you have utilities like CPU monitoring software running, I suggest closing/exiting them as well before a scan.
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So a normal full scan. Can take up to 2 hours or more?

How often should i scan my pc. Once a week or once a month. and plus for running disk clean up and system defrag etc


So for my best time to scan it when not in use. When scanning when in use. I will say its slow.
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Yes, best time is to scan when not in use.
I would suggest scanning once a week.
And, yes, a full scan can take up to 2 hours, depending on how many files you have on the drive in question.
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Thanks for ur information.

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Not to rain on your parade, but MacAfee is old technology and I wouldn't scan with it anyway, no one has seen a virus in years and I have always found MacAfee, PcCillan and Norton products huge resource hogs that offer nothing to a system anyway.
I would run Avira free if you think you need an Antivirus or Microsoft Security Essentials which has some malware protection as well as malware is the real problem today and then run Malwarebytes Pro version for real protection. Thats my "2 cents" and I think you would find most malware pros in agreement!
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Not to rain on your parade, but MacAfee is old technology and I wouldn't scan with it anyway, no one has seen a virus in years and I have always found MacAfee, PcCillan and Norton products huge resource hogs that offer nothing to a system anyway.
I would run Avira free if you think you need an Antivirus or Microsoft Security Essentials which has some malware protection as well as malware is the real problem today and then run Malwarebytes Pro version for real protection. Thats my "2 cents" and I think you would find most malware pros in agreement!
I agree, Microsoft Security Essentials is a more viable option for computer security than Mcafee. And it uses a lot less resources.
I've yet to use Malwarebytes, but I've only heard good things about it.
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Not to rain on your parade, but MacAfee is old technology and I wouldn't scan with it anyway, no one has seen a virus in years and I have always found MacAfee, PcCillan and Norton products huge resource hogs that offer nothing to a system anyway.
I would run Avira free
Alright. Thanks for ur information

I will try it out

How do i download it which website?
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Alright. Thanks for ur information

I will try it out

How do i download it which website?
Whatever you do do not install another Antivirus before you uninstall MacAfee in Control Panel, Programs and Features as no system can run two of those.
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