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Windows 7: How to make Windows 7 task pause when user logs onto computer

10 Jun 2012   #1
VMP

Windows 7 sp1 64 bit
 
 
How to make Windows 7 task pause when user logs onto computer

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My friend has Norton 360 v5 on her computer and I have turned off Idle Time Scans and have set up a task using Windows 7 task scheduler to run a full system virus scan on her computer once a week starting at 10pm. The scan was still running when she logged onto her computer in the morning after the day the scan was scheduled for and was still running at 1:00 pm. The scan takes up all her cpu which leaves her computer basically useless and she uses this computer for work. It is an AMD quad core with 8 gb of ram. She has almost 200 gb of data on her computer and it takes a really long time to run the full system scan. My question is, is it possible to make the scheduled task pause when she logs onto her computer and then continue the scan after she logs off again using task scheduler? Her OS is Windows 7 sp1 32 bit.

Thanks much for any help!

Veronica

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10 Jun 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Have you tried to set it up to a "manual" scan at her convenience?

Norton WILL use every resourse it can grab from her computer.
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10 Jun 2012   #3
VMP

Windows 7 sp1 64 bit
 
 

No, I haven't had her do a manual scan. Reason being, she needs the computer all day/evening long during the week and on and off during the weekends and there's never enough computer down time for the scan to finish without interferring with her work. I scheduled the scan to start on a day when she is off the computer for the longest time but it is still not enough time for the scan to complete.

In task scheduler there is the conditions tab option, where it will only start the scan if the computer has been idle for a length of time and stop the scan when the idle condition stops and then restart it again when the idle condition exists again but I don't want it to stop the scan and restart the scan from the beginning, which is what I think this option does. If anyone knows whether or not this option is actually just stopping the scan and restarting it where it left off, please let me know.

Thanks,
Veronica
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10 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Readers Always Welcome!

15 hours for any scan is way out of line. I suspect something else is running during that period that's causing a severe system load. I'm not familiar with Norton but the specs indicate that it has a "Smart Scheduler". Have you checked to make sure it's not running two scans?

As far as Windows Task Scheduler, you can stop a task if it runs longer than X (hours, days, etc) but you can't make it resume from that point. You can also stop a task if the PC comes off idle state.

If Norton has a scanner with parameters (I assume it does if you're using WTS), one suggestion would be to break the scan into different tasks. Say system files on one day each week and libraries/files the next day.
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10 Jun 2012   #5
VMP

Windows 7 sp1 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, I'll check for other things running at the same time. I scheduled her backup program to run on different days and I disabled all the other tasks that Norton 360 runs, like disk optimization but I didn't check Windows defrag, etc. now that you mention other running tasks.

Any info on how to set it up to run system files one day and programs files another would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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11 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VMP View Post
Any info on how to set it up to run system files one day and programs files another would be greatly appreciated.
Yeah, I'm not familiar with Norton. Does it have scan parameters that can be entered in say, batch mode? How did you setup the scan in Task Scheduler?
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11 Jun 2012   #7
VMP

Windows 7 sp1 64 bit
 
 

I followed directions on another link I found and set it up to run the file navw32.exe with the /L argument. I don't know what that argument means.
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11 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I found this but it's pretty old--Something like 2005. The /L is for all drives. If there's more than one drive, splitting those might help too.

Origial Link: How to run a virus scan without opening Norton AntiVirus


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11 Jun 2012   #9
VMP

Windows 7 sp1 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for that link. That may explain why the scan is taking so long, it is scanning her whole computer plus the external iomega drive where her system image is saved. Those external drives takes forever to scan. I'm going to change the task to scan just the c: and d: drives.

Thanks!!!
Veronica
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11 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Let us know how it turns out.
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