Cygwin and AVG

David Arnstein
Sat Nov 13 18:38:00 GMT 2010

On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 06:21:51PM +0100, Angelo Graziosi wrote:
> After the update from AVG9 Free to AVG 2011 Free, I notice a great slow  
> down using Cygwin. A few applications, like 'wget' and 'python', are  
> marked as 'malaware' by the new AVG (surely false positives), and now  
> building things take much more time. For example, a full bootstrap of  
> Emacs, takes more than an hour. Under AVG9, instead, it took *only*  
> about 25 minutes.
> Has Cygwin people ideas/tricks on how avoid this?
> Perhaps is time to change AV?

I am using the paid version of AVG 2011 and Cygwin is still working for
me.  However, I disable the AVG feature "Resident Shield," and I have
done so for years. I also disable automatic updates. I do both updates
and virus scans from a shell script that I execute (from Cygwin bash!).

I realize that most people find the "resident" features of anti-virus
programs to be attractive. But they always cause me problems, and not
just with Cygwin.

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