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Windows 7: MSE Scan stops if monitor switched off.

10 Nov 2011   #1
HairyScot

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
MSE Scan stops if monitor switched off.

I recently discovered that if I switch off my monitor while Microsoft Security Essentials is running a scan then the scan is paused until I switch the monitor on again.
How can I prevent this happening?


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11 Nov 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

MSE runs completely independantly of the monitor....but just to check, I turned off the monitor during a scan and it has no effect on MSEl, as expected.

Can you complete the steps in this tutorial (don't forget Step #5):

System Info - See Your System Specs

And can you also tell us how do you turn the monitor off?

Regards,
Golden
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11 Nov 2011   #3
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

That's pretty bizarre actually - unless by "turning off the monitor" you really mean "putting your system to sleep."

Is that what you do?
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11 Nov 2011   #4
HairyScot

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

MSE runs completely independantly of the monitor....but just to check, I turned off the monitor during a scan and it has no effect on MSEl, as expected.

Can you complete the steps in this tutorial (don't forget Step #5):

System Info - See Your System Specs

And can you also tell us how do you turn the monitor off?

Regards,
Golden
Have updated sysinfo.

I turn the monitor off by pressing the on/off button on the monitor.

The current power plan is set to "never sleep".

I have noticed this behaviour on a couple of occasions.
I start a scan, turn off the monitor, go to bed. When I switch monitor on again the scan has not progressed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2011   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Can you do a small test?

Start a scan, then turn your monitor off and take note of the scan progress as you do that, then turn it back on after 30 seconds. Has the scan progressed, or has it started at exactly the same point as when you turned the monitor off?

Regards,
Golden
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2011   #6
HairyScot

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

Can you do a small test?

Start a scan, then turn your monitor off and take note of the scan progress as you do that, then turn it back on after 30 seconds. Has the scan progressed, or has it started at exactly the same point as when you turned the monitor off?

Regards,
Golden
Tried that and the scan does progress.
The disk activity light flickers, as it does when I do my overnight scan.
I guess one night I should stay awake and watch it until it stops.
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11 Nov 2011   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Are any of your componenets set to sleep after a period of inactivity? Can you check in your Power Plan settings?

Regards,
Golden
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #8
HairyScot

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

Are any of your componenets set to sleep after a period of inactivity? Can you check in your Power Plan settings?

Regards,
Golden
Checked. Nothing set to sleep.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Mmmm. I can't explain it. What I suggest is running the scan again overmight, but instead of turning off the monitor, simply let the screensaver kick in. The examine again in the morning to see what it looks like.

Regards,
Golden
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13 Nov 2011   #10
HairyScot

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Mmmm. I can't explain it. What I suggest is running the scan again overmight, but instead of turning off the monitor, simply let the screensaver kick in. The examine again in the morning to see what it looks like.

Regards,
Golden
Started scan and let blank screensaver kick in. Scan completed successfully.

However, I am still puzzled by the fact that powering off monitor causes scan to be suspended.

In any event, after reading the recent reports from AV Comparatives, I have decided to give Avast a try.
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