How often does your virus program update?

United States
June 5, 2008 2:11pm CST
Mine does every time I turn on my computer and it drives me nuts because it takes so long to load that way. Do you have this problem? It is probably this program, but geez, can't they make stuff more user friendly?
4 responses
@Emiese (994)
• Sweden
5 Jun 08
Normally either anti virus program you have will update in the background not disturbing what you are doing. However, this depends on what internet connection and speed you have. If you have a really slow connection, of course the update will take most of that which will mean it will interfere with the work you are doing, eg. opening sites or emails. With most programs you can set how often you want it to update, whether to check as soon as an internet connection is detected, once a day or once a week, or maybe every time the computer turns on. I would recommend you to have the settings as you do, updating every day. There are plenty of new virus and trojans coming out every day, so it is really important to have a "live" program. Often there are also special "security threats" that your computer will be protected against through updates. These are quick updates that the company brings out as an answer to specific crucial threats at the time. If you so much as wait one day to download this, it can harm your computer. I would suggest you turn the computer on and let the program update before you start using the connection to the internet, but I can see how that is frustrating for you. I guess you have to assess the risks as oppose to your gains of using the computer straight away on higher speed!
• United States
5 Jun 08
No, this is before I even connect to the internet. And I do like having the updates as they come, but it just takes forever for it to completely scan the start up stuff to make sure it is all running fine and bug free. My computer is older and outdated, so the space it has to run on is dwindling every time it installs new updates.
• United States
6 Jun 08
I tried that and my start up only scans critical areas. So that isn't it. I notice that when my program updates, it wants me to restart the computer, so I would assume that when it updates, it also does a through scan and adds the current downloads.
• India
5 Jun 08
right now i am working on ubuntu and i have installed no anti virus for that. but earlier when i use windows then i have also faced this problem. i have find a solution for that instead of updating antivirus every time you update it once in a weak. and antivirus companies can not make this stuff user friendly as you know in every sec there a lot of viruses a updated.
• United States
5 Jun 08
Don't get me wrong, I am glad it updates daily so that if something new comes along, it doesn't mess it up, but I might have to figure out how to stop the start up scan.
• Malaysia
5 Jun 08
My Anti-Virus update once a week, but now already expired. Will download AVG later, which usually update once a week.
• United States
5 Jun 08
Yeah, I might do that next year and not pay for this program. I am not sure it even cleaned out the virus that caused us to buy it.
5 Jun 08
I have AVG Free Edition 8.0 and yes it updates alot but it does it in the backgroud as to not disrput anything you are doing. What program are you using now?
• United States
5 Jun 08
I have Defender Pro and it runs right when I start the computer. I think I set it that way, but I didn't realize it would slow the computer down so much.