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Is It Safe To Work With Scan?

#1 User is offline   danw12321 

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:02 PM

Is it safe to work on, say, a Microsoft Word document while a security scan is going on in the background? And will it slow the scan down tremendously?
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:44 AM

View Postdanw12321, on 21 January 2010 - 05:02 PM, said:

Is it safe to work on, say, a Microsoft Word document while a security scan is going on in the background? And will it slow the scan down tremendously?


Yes, but you might notice some sluggishness as you do your other stuff as you will be competing for the computers CPU time with the security scan. Generally speaking, you can do a task faster if it is the only task you are doing (this is becoming less true with the advent of multicore processors and OSs/programs that can make use of them).

The point is that you should be fine do that, but neither the scan nor the Word document will get completed as fast as if you did each separately. How much things slow down will largely be a function of your computer's specs and what you are trying to do, but generally doing a Word document should have little impact on the speed of the scan, but you may notice some sluggishness as you try to work with the Word doc.
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 12:24 PM

It is safe. The work will still be done by your AV program, it might just take a bit longer. That's why having a lightweight AV program is beneficial.
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