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firefoxIf you have Firefox you should know what happens right after you download a file. Right before the download window disappears, a new message shows up saying “Scanning for viruses”. Don’t get me wrong, this is OK, extremely OK. Firefox cares for your computer and doesn’t want it to take any nasty virus. Anyway this procedure is fine if you  download small files. But what happen if you download a file as heavy as 300 MB? Simple, the “Scanning for viruses” will hang on for some minutes before allowing you to use the file. If you don’t want this nagging feature anymore, here is a simple trick to turn it off once for good.

  1. In the address bar type about:config and press Enter
  2. Right after that you should see the following message: “This might void your warranty! Changing these advanced settings can be harmful to the stability, security, and performance of this application. You should only continue if you are sure of what you are doing.”
  3. Click the “I’ll be careful, I promise” button.
  4. In the filter bar now type: browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone and hit Enter.
  5. Double click on the value to change it to False.

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One Comment to “Disable “Scanning for Viruses” feature in Firefox”

  1. Winman Says:

    At last i got rid of this feature! thanks!

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