Linked by fran on Wed 20th Apr 2011 21:31 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has released its free Microsoft Safety Scanner. This scans for and removes malware from Windows systems without requiring prior installation. According to AV-Test's Andreas Marx, the on-demand anti-virus scanner appears to be based on the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), but with the addition of a complete signature database. MSRT used a mini database of widely distributed threats and is distributed monthly via the automatic update function."
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I totally understand you: I ended up removing the AV from my Vista laptop.
However, unless I'm mistaken, I think most AV programs allow you to deactivate real-time scanning. I've mostly used Avira, it lets you choose between scans at read time, write time or both.

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