Risk Disclosure

Futures, foreign currency and options trading contains substantial risk and is not for every investor. An investor could potentially lose all or more than the initial investment. Risk capital is money that can be lost without jeopardizing ones financial security or lifestyle. Only risk capital should be used for trading and only those with sufficient risk capital should consider trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. View full risk disclosure.

Performance Tips for NinjaTrader & SharkIndicators Software

The purpose of this page is to list ways that help improve NinjaTrader’s performance and in turn improve BloodHound and BlackBird performance.

NinjaTrader Recommendations

NinjaTrader has a detailed page of suggestions here.

Computer Hardware

CPU speed is critical to NinjaTrader’s perfomance.  See the CPU section of the Computer Selection Guide.

Anti-Virus Software

Common Anti-virus software such as Norton, McAfee, Bitdefender, and Microsoft Security Essentials, that have “Real Time Protection” scanning, are known to slow down NinjaTrader and cause memory issues.  Typically, NinjaTrader can be added to a Whitelist or ‘Exception List’ to prevent Real Time Protection from scanning the NinjaTrader folder and files.  In most cases this will greatly help NinjaTrader run faster.

Norton Anti-Virus

These instructions for turning off “Real Time Protection” were submitted to us by a customer.  Please contact Norton support for any assistance.

  1. Select “Settings” (upper left tab), “Real Time Protection”, “Antivirus and SONAR Exclusions”, and “Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR and Download Intelligence Detection”.
  2. Select the “Add” drop-down list and then select “Folders”.
  3. Navigate to the folders containing your NinjaTrader program files [typically this is C:Program Files (x86)NinjaTrader 7.  Select this folder to add it to the Real Time Exclusions list.
  4. Click “Apply” and “OK” to accept the changes.


A customer has found Bitdefender to cause memory issues with NinjaTrader and BloodHound.  Follow this guide, How to add exclusions (exceptions) in Bitdefender 2015, to remove NinjaTrader from being scanned.  Comment: Aug. 2015, It has been reported to us that the Exclusion list does not work, and Bitdefender keeps interfering with NinjaTrader.  The customer had to uninstall Bitdefender.

Microsoft Security Essentials

MSE is known to dramatically slow down NinjaTrader’s performance.  Follow this guide, How to exclude a file/folder from Microsoft Security Essentials scan in Windows, to remove NinjaTrader from being scanned.