Taking Forever to Run your Anti-virus and Anti-spyware Scans?
While using our computers, we accumulate a lot of files and programs that are often never used. As the hard drive saves more and more files, the larger ones get stored in fragments in un-connected places through-out the drive.
If you'd like faster scans, quicker computer boot-ups, and faster application loading - defragmenting, or re-assembling these fragments will help. Those long waits often discourage users to a point that they avoid the important anti-virus and anti-spyware scans altogether.
There are a few things that will help solve this problem.
1. Remove files and programs you no longer use or need
2. Run the Disk Cleanup utility and delete temporary files, Internet
cache files, and unnecessary program files
3. Run the Defragmentation program included with the Windows operating
More on the Why and How of 'Defragmenting Your Hard Drive' HERE. It's article Number 81 in the Library at the Firewalls-and Virus-Protection website.
Most important, don't avoid running those Anti-virus and Anti-spyware scans, and be sure to keep them up-to-date!