Very slow PC startup. After booting, my Windows XP PC is very slow, and this for 5 and more minutes. I am running McAfee Security Center 9.0.286. With Procmon, I see a lot of activity on the file Datastore.edb which is related to Windows Update. Microsoft recommends excluding this file from the virusscan, because locking slows down everything. However, with this version 9.0, I cannot find any option to exclude Datastore.edb from the scan. Is there any solution or workaround for this ? Regards Chesini.
Article ID : 822158 Last Review : October 30, 2006 Revision : 9.5
For computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista.
Do not scan the following files and folders. These files are not at risk of infection. If you scan these files, serious performance problems may occur because of file locking. Where a specific set of files is identified by name, exclude only those files instead of the whole folder. Sometimes, the whole folder must be excluded. Do not exclude any one of these based on the file name extension. For example, do not exclude all files that have a .dit extension. Microsoft has no control over other files that may use the same extensions as the following files.• Microsoft Windows Update or Automatic Update related files• The Windows Update or Automatic Update database file. This file is located in the following folder: %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Datastore Exclude the Datastore.edb file. • The transaction log files. These files are located in the following folder: %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Datastore\Logs Exclude the following files:• Edb*.log
Note The wildcard character indicates that there may be several files. • Res1.log • Res2.log • Edb.chk • Tmp.edb
OS specifications are Windows XP Home Edition 2002 SP3. Meanwhile, I doubled the physical RAM from 512 to 1024 MB. This makes a significant performance increase at startup and when performing McAfee Update command. Response times are back to normal, the case can be closed, however, it would be nice if also McAfee home products would provide the exclude function. Regards, Chesini.
I agree. It used to be the case about 3 versions back and still exists in the Corporate product. We've asked for it to be reinstated many times and have been ignored. Good idea increasing the RAM, it is probably the easiest way to improve performance.