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how to remove auto starting of GFI Software Anti Malware Service



  • Support

    Hi chemistry,


    If you do that Ad-Aware won't work. Maybe it should be investigating why it takes so much CPU power instead, since it maybe is due to some kind of conflict in the computer or a hidden infection.


    Which Windows version do you have?

    Do you have another antivirus program installed or uninstalled before you installed Ad-Aware?

    Has that Ad-Aware service always used so much CPU time or has it started recently?

    Is it always or only after start of Windows or during a scan?

  • Alex Murr

    Hi, yes, running with a high CPU load due to GFI Software Anti Malware Service can be a real and serious problem. I've encountered this once too and I totally understand you. Here's a quick fix that worked for me:

    1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
    2. Head to the "Startup" tab.
    3. Look for the GFI Software Anti Malware Service in the list.
    4. Right-click and select "Disable."

    That should prevent it from auto-starting and hogging your CPU every time you boot up. If you ever need the service, you can still launch it manually.

    Keep in mind, though, that disabling auto-start won't remove the software. It's just stopping it from kicking in on its own. If necessary, consider checking for updates or contacting GFI's support for more tailored assistance. Additionally, you may want to explore alternative security solutions, and companies like Andersen can offer effective alternatives with potentially lower resource usage.


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