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Firefox 3: Disabling Automatic Virus Scan on Completed Downloads

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For those of you out there using one of the real browsers (among others, I am pointing at Firefox), you might find that version 3 of Firefox, while being a brilliant browser for the rest, built-in virusscan on completed downloads is a bit annoying. In my case, it always freezes for about two seconds while initiating the scan. Plus, having a good virusscanner already active, I don’t really see the point.

You can disable this feature by typing about:config in the address bar, and then filtering on browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone. Double click this line to set the value to false.

Problem solved.

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Author: pleinolijf

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19 thoughts on “Firefox 3: Disabling Automatic Virus Scan on Completed Downloads

  1. good to know. I’ll shut this off at home. Just to be safe, I’ll leave it on at work.

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  2. that was pissing me off, cheers

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  4. thanks alot! kinda annoying…

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  5. Thanks. I was about to switch back to Internet Explorer.

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  6. Thank you!!! That was bugging the shit outta me. Made downloading three small pictures from a trusted source take about 20 seconds.

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  7. thanks it was pissing me off with files that had no viruses

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  8. Awesome. Thanks alot. My computer would freeze for a good 5 minutes every time it scanned.

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  9. great tip, thanks

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  10. Thanks for this simple trick. My Firefox was ALWAYS deleting downloads aftre virus scan, and this was getting REALLY annoying. Problem solved by disabling Virus Scan in FF3

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  11. How good is that scanner anyway? Is it always up to date, or only every new firefox version?

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  12. As far as I know, it uses the scanner installed on your system. Seems pretty obvious…

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  13. It may be you av thats the problem. Ive not noticed any problems and would rather disable on-access scanning in my av, and surf with limited privileges, and only scan downloads, for better overall performance.

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  14. Thanks! That was really starting to get on my nerves while downloading clients files. XD

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  15. Thanks dude. It was my only complaint with FF.

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  16. One more tip:

    FF needs to be restarted to work.

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  17. Thank you thank you thank you! I’m pretty savvy as far as not clicking on .exe files and such. So a time-wasting scan, every time I try to download a picture, is ridiculous. You’ve saved me some hair-pulling. Appreciate you.

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