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Windows 7: Why so long to delete files from external HDD?

12 Mar 2012   #11

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Windows 7 x64

Perhaps we both misunderstood.

I was only trying to make a point though, I guess that did come off a little harsh so I'll apologize for that.

At any rate it's not an opinion, it is a measurable fact.

Throw a ton of viruses on a cd and finalize it.
Then put it in a system with aggressive real time protection.
Maybe you'll get some hint.
AV's also commonly block system restore from functioning properly.
They come with a ton of verifiable problems associated with them. The only reason I'm pushing this point so hard is that I honestly believe its far better to understand that there is in fact a downside to using them. As this allows you to properly anticipate and avoid those downsides.
Weighed overall I still by far do suggest people use them.
There are many times when you discover there is good reason your av has a snooze feature though.

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12 Mar 2012   #12

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Right, real-time, on-access scanning by AV's can be brutal on a system. The only thing up for debate is whether this being performed on data being deleted should be expected from an efficient and effective AV, or at the very least have enough of an effect to cause noticeable slowdown. I don't believe this should, or does, occur with an efficient and effective AV on a healthy system as I've never experience that before.

I want to be clear, though, that I am not not (double negative) advocating the use of AV - quite contrary. I believe they're absolutely necessary and do often have downsides. I just wouldn't run an AV that caused a noticeable delay for a simple file deletion. The files are destined to be deleted and are not being accessed in any form in which they'd be executed, so I don't see any reason for an effective AV to have much, if any, interaction in that process.
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