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Spectaculator takes ages to start

Post by Uto » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:00 pm

Hi,

Since recently I've notice Spectaculator (8.0.0.3092) takes ages to start, then works fine. Is anyone else suffering this issue and/or knows how to fix it? Maybe it's Windows 10 related, I don't know.
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Re: Spectaculator takes ages to start

Post by Uto » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:04 pm

Just after writing that post I've thought it may be the antivirus, and I was right. It seems Windows Defender takes longer to check Spectaculator than any other executable file, so I've added it to exclusions and now it starts fast again.
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Re: Spectaculator takes ages to start

Post by RMartins » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:21 am

Knowing which antivirus in particular presents this behaviour is useful.

Having executable files as exclusions is always bad, since specific virus may target those files, if they are known to be typically excluded from antivirus software.

In my opinion Antivirus Exclusions, should always be protected with some kind of CRC and date change validation, so that if the executable file somehow changes, the exclusions should be invalidated, in the sense that the file now needs to be checked again, and the user should be warned about it.

I'm not sure if this kind of check is supported on any of the Antivirus softwares that I know.
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Re: Spectaculator takes ages to start

Post by AndyC » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:24 am

It would probably be over kill. For something to modify the Spectaculator executable when excluded, it would have to be running itself and presumably not excluded from scanning. If a scanner was going to pick it up, it's a likely to do it then as it would be if scanning Spectaculator itself.
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Re: Spectaculator takes ages to start

Post by Seven.FFF » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:32 pm

I've been having a lot of Windows lagginess lately, and I think Spectaculator (8.0.0.3092) might be causing it. I have my assembler launch Spectaculator at the end of assembly, and I instinctively close it again most of the time. After Spectaculator has been launched and exited about 50 times, everything in Windows gets horribly laggy - even application menus (in every app) take about 5 seconds to display. Even when my both my assembler and Spectaculator aren't running. Only a reboot will fix it. Sometimes I have to reboot two or three times in an evening. Kernel object resource leaks? I'm using TR-DOS in this scenario, so maybe it's something to do with that module. I need to investigate further.
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I'm not sure if this kind of check is supported on any of the Antivirus softwares that I know.
My antivirus WebRoot actually does this, for both virus scanning and firewall outgoing connection checking. It's actually kind of annoying, because some of the software I build triggers this over and over and again, and I can't seem to set permanent exclusions.

WebRoot doesn't seem to be a particularly well-known or community-rated package, but we have an existing family subscription, and I installed it after I got some malware that Windows Defender failed to stop, and I've since found it to be very competent.
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Re: Spectaculator takes ages to start

Post by RMartins » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:14 pm

Could your machine have been infected with one of those cripto currency Manic Miners ?

The most common ones work from a webpage, and some have found ways to install themselves into your harddrive.

Try to update your antivirus, to see if it catches any of this.
I would also run a full scan on it.

You could also have some kind of process that is left linguering around (zombie) but still consumming resources.
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