Slow Anti-virus Scans

If your organization’s AV (anti-virus) scans are running slower, the culprit is most likely disk fragmentation. Disk fragmentation has a severe impact on the speed and performance of anti-virus and anti-spyware scan speeds.

The basic principle is that the greater the degree of fragmentation, the worse PCs and laptops will perform. This holds true for anti-virus applications just as it would for any user interaction with a fragmented computer. With virus attacks still a serious issue in the workplace, the importance of efficient virus scans is critical.

If your systems are riddled with fragmentation, AV scans will take significantly longer to run, leaving your organization susceptible to new virus attacks as they emerge.

If defrag is not run regularly, PCs build up a significant level of fragmentation. This constant accumulation of fragmentation causes slow AV scans that get progressively slower over time.

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What factors impact the speed of anti-virus scans?

Many factors can impact the speed of a complete anti-virus scan of a system’s hard drive. The way the scanner works, the total number of files that need to be scanned, the size of the files, and the fragmentation level of the disk all have a direct impact on the time to complete a scan. Anti-virus software must scan all file fragments, which greatly increases scan time.

With Condusiv’s Diskeeper® , file fragmentation is proactively eliminated—improving AV scan time and overall system performance.

Diskeeper offers a proactive approach to performance, preventing degradation in Windows performance by eliminating nearly all fragmentation from occurring at the Windows level before files are written in a performance-penalized state. With its patented, proactive IntelliWrite® technology, Diskeeper keeps laptops and workstations running like new, resulting in increased productivity and lower costs by extending the useful life of existing hardware. IT professionals who support a fleet of laptops no longer wrestle with persistent performance HelpDesk calls.

Where typical defragmentation utilities consume resources to operate and deal with the problem after the performance penalty has already been incurred, Diskeeper is the only proactive solution that solves the problem in real-time while running transparently in the background.

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What People are Saying

“Typically, IT professionals respond to application performance issues by reactively buying more hardware. Without the luxury of a padded budget, we needed to find a way to improve performance on the hardware infrastructure we already have. It saved us from having to make a heavy investment in SSDs or do a complete rip and replace of our entire hardware infrastructure. To this day, I still can’t believe software is doing this.” R. Ortiz, IT Manager, ASL Marketing

“I have used Diskeeper since it was first introduced. It has always worked well in keeping my drive defragged for the fastest response times for all of my apps. Thank you again for this fine piece of software.” Philip Baldwin, NVQB

“The Undelete software that we use on all our Regional Servers is undoubtedly worth every penny. It has saved our Techs numerous hours in restoring files inadvertently deleted as opposed to having to restore from backup tape.” Michael Lucas, Gancom (Division of Gannet Fleming)

“Undelete saves backup restores when someone accidentally deletes a file from a Windows share. We store tapes off site so Undelete can save a big delay for file restores of that type. Undelete does what it says on the box – really – and it works nicely as a network recycle bin.” Glenn Edwards, Infrastructure Analyst, Itron

“I have been using Diskeeper for many years, it is installed as a routine on all servers, networked clients, SHO and any other computer. It has never presented any problem and has always demonstrated improved drive performance in both servers and clients. With each new release Condusiv does not merely provide “window dressing”, they actually improve the product with the objective of making it easier to use, more reliable, more effective and easier to use.” Mark Sills, Systems Administrator / Manager, Home User