Virus Scans Take Forever on Network Drives

Careful where you download a file with your browser. When the virus scanner kicks in it can take forever on a network drive.


Like many of us, I use Firefox. After a file is downloaded, the virus scanner is called, in this case AVG Free, to scan the download for any nasty free loaders. This only take a couple of seconds on a local hard drive, but if you point your download to a network drive, in this case so that I can play my podcast using a media client – my PS3 actually – the virus scanner will take many times longer, perhaps a couple of minutes rather than a couple of seconds.

Not sure why that should be, but it is. So don’t point your downloads to a network drive.

– windy