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Discussion in 'General Security' started by Arthur Penney, Jan 21, 2015.

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  1. Arthur Penney

    Arthur Penney Thread Starter

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    This is not a problem, merely a request for illumination. I regularly update AVG Free by downloading various large files onto a memory stick on someone else's computer, and then do an update from directory. This works.
    The question is, why does it take such a long time? What is it doing? It gets up to about 40% done fairly quickly and then hits treacle. Let me emphasise that this is not a problem at all. I start it up, go to bed, get up in the morning, hopefully, and the update is finished. Totally painless, no problem. I'm just curious.
    For what it is worth, nothing, I suspect, on the basis of no evidence whatsoever, that the treacle phase may be the virus definitions. I don't know why I suspect that.
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Well my first question is why are you updating this way? AVG will update itself. You're probably downloading the entire database of definitions each time which would take a little while (but not all night long). However, it's the method you're using that may be slowing things down.

    What files exactly are you copying from another computer and why?
     
  3. Arthur Penney

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    Cookiegal,

    I can see that my post does not quite read the way that I thought it did. Sorry.
    The reason that I do not update in the recommended way is that I have a dial-up internet connection, which I only ever use when unavoidable. Also, I was unable to suppress AVG free from downloading large files, presumably program updates. In any case, the method that I use works fine.
    I was unclear about what I do. I use another computer a couple of times a week, and download from the AVG free manual update site, not copying from the computer in the way that it sounds.
    Currently the files are:
    Virus definition 86MB, Link scanner 882kB, Core module 3MB, All necessary modules 61MB
    I just get the lot and let AVG free get on with it, which it does.
     
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    OK. Thanks for the clarification. :)

    Unfortunately, I don't have any ideas on what may be causing the slowdown in that case.
     
  5. Arthur Penney

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    Cookiegal,
    I have been rather stupid. A persistant failure of mine is to ask about something and then start thinking. The wrong order.
    Next time I do an update I will do it in several goes, just presenting one file at a time. Of course, it won't supply any illumination as to mechanism. I have had a thought on that. It is quite noticeable that when I update Avast, which runs on the older drive C: under Windows 98se, it gulps down a much larger file relatively quickly. So possibly the explanation is that AVG free is updating the virus definitions using the same program as is used for the normal small updates. I can't think of the right word, derivative updates?
     
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    Sorry that I can't shed any more light on it but thanks for the additional information. :)
     
  7. Arthur Penney

    Arthur Penney Thread Starter

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    It is definitely the virus update that takes so long, and I am now satisfied that it is just doing an incremental update using an entire definitions as increment.

    I am now going to mark this thread as finished. Thank you for your attention. As it has been a waste of Techguy space and merely caused me to start thinking, I would suggest that you consider using your administrator priviledge and delete the thread.
     
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