Scanning network drives

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 6 Dec. 2005 / Last Updated on 6 Dec. 2005]

Is your network slow? It could be your antivirus program's fault.

Some AV programs scan network drives by default. This can create additional network traffic that can interfere with other traffic on your network and slow your network down. If you have AV installed on both your servers and your clients, then there's no need for scanning network shares and you should disable this feature--consult your AV documentation for how to do this.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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