Author Topic: Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?  (Read 3263 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline norel

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 333
Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?
« on: December 19, 2009, 12:40:43 AM »
I looked at some previous threads on this but couldn't find anything definitive. Does anyone know if this has been officially documented anywhere?


Offline DavidR

  • Avast √úberevangelist
  • Certainly Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 84901
  • No support PMs thanks
Re: Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009, 01:28:02 AM »
avast doesn't alter anything, windows manages the file system information.

Where are you getting this last accessed value from  ?
I use XP Pro and there is Date Modified and Date Created in windows explorer (I believe the Last Accessed values aren't displayed by default). If you view the files properties you will see a last scanned value, but by accessing the files properties you automatically cause windows to change the last accessed date and time value.

I have just set the View option to display last accessed values, I then did a scan of that area and the last accessed values didn't change.

Why do you ask ?
Windows 10 Home 64bit/ Acer Aspire F15/ Intel Core i5 7200U 2.5GHz, 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD/ avast! free 21.3.2459 (build 21.3.6164.561) UI 1.0.609/ Firefox, uBlock Origin, uMatrix/ MailWasher Pro/ Avast! Mobile Security

Offline Lisandro

  • Avast team
  • Certainly Bot
  • *
  • Posts: 67255
Re: Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2009, 07:04:00 PM »
Some guys say that this feature - last access date - is just a waste of resources.
Some guys use tweaks to disable it.
Just my 0.02.
The best things in life are free.

Offline YoKenny

  • Serious Graphoman
  • **
  • Posts: 8784
Re: Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2009, 10:04:44 PM »
Some guys say that this feature - last access date - is just a waste of resources.
Some guys use tweaks to disable it.
Just my 0.02.

Speed Up Disk Access by Disabling Last Access Updating in Windows XP
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/speed-up-disk-access-by-disabling-last-access-updating-in-windows-xp
E5200 2.5GHZ, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, avast! V9.0 Free, IE10
P4 2.8GHZ, 1.5GB RAM, 40GB HD, XP Pro SP3 32bit, avast! V9.0 Free, Google Chrome
with hpHosts, MVPS HOSTS files, SpeedFan, WinPatrol PLUS

Offline DavidR

  • Avast √úberevangelist
  • Certainly Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 84901
  • No support PMs thanks
Re: Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2009, 10:40:49 PM »
Thanks, a handy little tweak for what is essentially of little use 'Last Access Date' for the majority of people.
Windows 10 Home 64bit/ Acer Aspire F15/ Intel Core i5 7200U 2.5GHz, 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD/ avast! free 21.3.2459 (build 21.3.6164.561) UI 1.0.609/ Firefox, uBlock Origin, uMatrix/ MailWasher Pro/ Avast! Mobile Security

Offline MikeBCda

  • Avast Evangelist
  • Super Poster
  • ***
  • Posts: 2248
Re: Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009, 09:19:20 PM »
Thanks from me too.  :) This is one I'd never heard of, especially since it requires adding a new DWord rather than amending an existing one.
« Last Edit: December 20, 2009, 09:20:55 PM by MikeBCda »
Intel Atom D2700, 2 gig RAM, Win 7 x64 SP1 & IE-11, Firefox 51.0
(default). 320 gig HD, 15Mb DSL, Win firewall, Avast 12.3.2280 free, SpywareBlaster, MBAM Prem., Crypto-Prevent

Offline YoKenny

  • Serious Graphoman
  • **
  • Posts: 8784
Re: Does avast! alter 'Last Access' date/time?
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2009, 02:41:01 AM »
@ MikeBCda

I install that tweak on all XP systems I work on.  8)

Merry Christmas.
E5200 2.5GHZ, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, avast! V9.0 Free, IE10
P4 2.8GHZ, 1.5GB RAM, 40GB HD, XP Pro SP3 32bit, avast! V9.0 Free, Google Chrome
with hpHosts, MVPS HOSTS files, SpeedFan, WinPatrol PLUS