Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172548/how-much-does-anti-virus-slow-down-your-pcs-boot-time/
Have you ever wondered how much time is added to the boot process by your anti-virus solution? This handy chart from the folks over at Soluto shows you the answer, with some surprising results.
Those results are surprising because their results with Avast do not agree with my actual experience. I could tell no difference in boot times between Avast and MSE when I had tried MSE on my notebook. Maybe I could if my AV was the only program. My Win 7 boot time on my desktop, which uses Avast, is faster than what Soluto says it delays boot time. Even my notebook, which has a 5400rpm spinner and no SSD, usually boots Win 7 faster than 43 seconds.
I haven't used Norton in years because it used to be such a horrible resource hog (and was denting my purse a bit too much). I've heard that it is faster now, mostly because most computers have far more resources now, but I find it hard to believe it is as much faster than MSE as Soluto claims.
I'll just go try out Avast! It sounds nice (high boot time, nice virus detection, the whole works).
Norton? Fast? (snort)
You know what slows down my boot time?
I run a pretty tight ship. I manage everything myself.
I tried Soluto once. Didn't help at all.
I do see why some people may benefit from it. But it's not for me.
And this result does not make sense at all. Not a single bit.
From experience on my own pc's and from daily tests on customers' computers, Norton should be at the other end of this chart.
And Avast (the free edition) is much faster than most other AVs I have installed.
Those results seems fishy.
Some people don't like Soluto, which is fine.
The fact is though, that anti-virus does slow down your boot time, and always has. How much it slows down your PC is a matter of discussion, and really depends greatly on the PC that you are using.
The best thing for improving your startup times is switching to an SSD, and a fast one.
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That's EXACTLY what I'm thinking.
Makes 0 sense.
I think it goes to show how many new PC's are being prepackaged with Norton, its the only way I can see that Norton would have boot times that much faster than the rest of these brands.
From our testing with Norton, they have really sped things up on recent versions.
I don't recommend them, just saying.
i've never had any 44 second start time with windows7 or 8 using avast. but after installing saluto to compare their boot time with avast, it took forever. looks like saluto is whats slowing it down.
Soluto is a piece of garbage.... But nothing is worse than Norton. Norton is "the big daddy virus" slowing down most systems. I have personally removed norton from hundreds of computers and actually installed avast free. The performance boost is incredible after the switch. I cannot think of any product out there that is worse than Norton, and IMO the only reason why they are surviving is because they get their bloatware preinstalled on computers as a trial, and or/ have agreements with Internet Service Providers.
A heads up... Avast 2014 that is currently in beta, uses far less ram, about half compared to previous versions. So when that comes out it will be one of the fastest anti-viruses out there.
Norton used to be like driving with the brakes on but it has gotten much better. I still prefer Avast, though, even if only because I'm cheap.
I used to use Norton, back in the day when MS and Norton Both gave you control of your system and what you could do, Once MS and Norton started control freaking, I freaking left! I've tried AVG, didn't care for it, Kaspersky was too Klunksie, McAfee was just too .., MS SE well 'nough said, Never heard of Avira ora Eset so never tried 'em, besides once I tried Avast I haven't had problems, and, wait for it ..., wait for it ..., It's Free! And even IF it slowed down Boot Time, which I Haven't seen, That slow boot time is not an issue for me. Now if they could show a significant slow down in over all performance, then I might look at something else. But this works fine for me.
I use Avast Free on a low spec XP desktop and have long been plagued with slow boot times - it takes ages for the PC to get up to speed, best to leave it whilst making a cup of tea. This may of course not be due to Avast, possibly due to time lags with getting onto the net which is usually the first port of call. Download speeds are around the 10 Mbps level. I subscribed to Soluto and watch it doing it's peel-back routine, but this has not yet showed me what if anything to do to speed things up. There is nothing that it reveals that stands out as suspicious, and the slow motion performance continues until well after Soluto has finished its monitoring. I am wondering if Soluto does not itself contribute to the slow start. I can see both Soluto and Avast exe files in Windows Task Manager but nothing obvious (to the layman) otherwise to explain the go-slow.
Sense I only boot my computers on my own time once or twice a year how much time it takes is a moot point. If it boots after update I certainly do not care as I am sleeping and it is ready for me to sign in bright and early in the morning.
As far as Avast goes I have it on one computer just to help others. It has annoying nonsensical popups at least twice a day. It has never warned me of a virus just nag stuff.
As far as Norton goes, "I knew Peter Norton and Symantic, you are no Peter Norton".(to paraphrase a recent vice-presidential candidate)
I don't get any of that. All you have to do is go into the settings and disable whatever you don't want notifying you with a popup or enabling whatever you want to notify you with a popup. You can also turn voice alerts on and off. Avast is highly customizable.
This is a complete bull?@&# i uninstalled my eset and installed norton just to see how true this is and my boot speed is WAY slower with norton.
You are correct L. F. I do that every time I install avast. After a few quick tweaks it doesnt bother you at all.
The question is, what is it doing? Is it doing a boot time scan ("Which I think is worth the time.") or is time to load itself.
You are right about that my friend. I put one in my Acer 8943g with Windows 7 and it put my boot time at approx. 34 seconds. I had MSE and the Windows 7 firewall at that time. I changed it to KIS 2013 that I had run earlier with a spinner HD. After the change to KIS 2013 my boot time got better to 32 seconds. Just for the heck of it I uninstalled KIS 2013 and installed Bitdefender AV 2013 which I was using on my other laptop and the Win 7 firewall and the boot time went back up to between 34 and 35 seconds. Strange that the minute I use an antivirus with Win 7 firewall no matter what it is, my boot time goes up. Put KIS 2013 back in and it goes back down to 32 seconds. I know it's only a few seconds but I always strive to have not only a safe machine but a fast one. As for Soluto, when I tried it I found that it is not for everyone but it can be a nice tool to teach folks what runs on their machines and when it runs and how much time it takes overall. It gives pretty good info on most of the things you run and whether they have to be run at boot or not. Like I said it can be a useful tool, just not for everyone. My SSD is a Corsair 240gb. My laptop had a second spot for another HD so I run the SSD with only my important apps and I use the old spinner as HD storage.
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