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It caught an infected email for me; there was some kind of frame-exploit in it and I could have passed it on to correspondents. As it is, I was able to delete the infected file and alert its sender to the worm (if that's the correct term) on his own system.
Originally posted by jt1020 does the anti virus slow down your system??
Not normally, since it doesn't have the capability of running in resident mode like some of the more sophisticated ones can do (at least in MS Windows).
Usually I just make sure I have the most recent updates to it, and then scan my email once or twice a day. Since I'm not on any network but the Internet, email is the greatest threat to my system. I scan ALL files occasionally, which takes about ten to twelve minutes, and when that's going on it slows things down somewhat. For normal office-type stuff, the slowdown is not bothersome. If I played games requiring disk access I might have to wait till the scan is over.
Originally posted by fancypiper You could always run it at a lower priority.
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Good idea! I'll look into that. I don't really need to do away with the slowdown as it's only for a few minutes and I'm not doing anything critical or gaming-like as a rule, but I'll probably be able to apply what I learn to something else one of these days. Thanks!