Author Topic: Visual Studio 2013 extremely slow startup due to File System Shield  (Read 5035 times)

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Recently Visual Studio 2013 began to take extremely long during startup. It took more than 10 minutes loading from a SSD drive which is simply unacceptable.
I narrowed the cause down to Avast (version 2014.9.0.2013) - to the "File System Shield" to be exact. After I disabled this module VS started up within seconds like before.

I made a temporary work-around as I hope that the Avast team will find a solution to this problem. For that I tried to find out what's being loaded on VS startup and excluded the respective folders.

  • Exclude the Visual Studio folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0"
  • Exclude additional folders of secondary/dependent components e.g. ...\Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SDK, etc. - by now I was down to 2.5 minutes
  • Exclude "C:\Windows\assembly" so that .NET assemblies can be loaded. By doing that I fear I've made my system very vulnerable to attacks. However, VS now starts in 5 seconds.

This method seems to severely compromise my system's security. PLEASE AVAST TEAM, find a solution for efficiently loading .NET assemblies and the Visual Studio IDE. Right know I have to make an unacceptable trade-off between security and productivity.

Thanks and regards,