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
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®
12, 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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