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appleg6 Newcomer 1 posts since
Mar 18, 2012
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Mar 18, 2012 7:35 PM

Full (Mac) scan also takes days

Seemed like a good idea to do at least one full scan, but it's been running three days now and is up to 27+ million files, most of them on the Time Machine backup disk (1TB).  I hesitate to end the scan because it is locating "threats," 33 so far. Anyone have an idea how long this is going to take?


McAffee sells Internet Security for Mac but it doesn't appear that there is a specific community group for Mac issues - maybe a good idea at some point.


Thanks for any info.

  • Peacekeeper Volunteer Moderator 21,353 posts since
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    1. Mar 19, 2012 4:44 AM (in response to appleg6)
    Re: Full (Mac) scan also takes days

    I assume this the home version. Some causes slow scan

    1. 27million files cripes all zip and avi maybe . Zip files slow down the scanning the program has to open the file and scan the files that were zipped. Large zipped files are very bad as are large avi and game exe files.

    2. As you are finding issues best to let it go on. In sceduled scan you can exclude folders and files from being scanned so after the external drive is scanned add the drive to the exclusion list as well as folder with files that are never changed ie photo albums etc. this might help you next time.

    3. Ensure use minimal resources not selected .


    Will mention re the forum for Mac to our admin.

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