How to solve Visual Studio hang problem when working in win7 with Norton antivirus

How to solve Visual Studio hang problem when working in win7 with Norton antivirus

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A recent support email between customer and our developer shows that Norton/Symantec antivirus may affect Visual Studio’s performance in win7 due to the win7 jumplists.  Here’s a workaround for it:

 

First, to determine if this is the problem, you may want to disable the antivirus temporarily and see if these hangs still repro.

If it’s indeed the case, please create/set the following registry value and restart VS2010.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\General]

"ShowRecentFilesInJumplist"=dword:00000001

 

With the value set, Visual Studio will not try to remove anymore the files from the Win7 jumplists , which would reduce the chance of an antivirus interfering (at least during file saves)

 

For the jumplists at least, you may also tell Norton to exclude from monitoring *.automaticDestinations-ms files (these hold the jumplists), or exclude from disk monitoring a folder like C:\Users\<your_user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

 

Hope this helps.

Xinyang Qiu

SDET

Web Platform And Tools

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  • Delete Norton, install Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Problem solved!

  • Will this be fixed with the VS10 SP1?  Thanks.

  • Ray, this problem is actually Norton's problem.  Vs2010 sp1 will not workaround it.  Last I heard we might do some work to make it less blockable in VS Next, but that's not determined yet.  

    Xinqiu

    Web Platform and Tools

  • Ray, this problem is actually Norton's problem.  Vs2010 sp1 will not workaround it.  Last I heard we might do some work to make it less blockable in VS Next, but that's not determined yet.  

    Xinqiu

    Web Platform and Tools

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