Peter Budts - 2008-01-05

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The reason for the long startup delay is that the whole virus definition database has to be loaded every time clamscan.exe (the scanning program) is started.

This will be solved someday when the long awaited Version 1 is released. This version will have a persistent service that keeps the database loaded at any time.

Now to stay ahead of your next question: due to a lack of developers version 1 is not actively being developed at the moment (only changes from clamav are synchronized), so there's no way to tell when it will be available.