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How often should I run a virus scan?

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    Hi, Just want to know guys on how to schedule my scanning tasks.

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    ^^ hmmm .. that depends on kind of working... if you are too much into using external media like DVD usb data cable, IM, you should scan the computer once in the day...

    try to fix an automated time at which you want to scan your computer.
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    I thought generally viruses are scanned automatically, because I get a pop saying new virus detected. But like Micky has mentioned set a time for viruses to be scanned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu800 View Post
    I thought generally viruses are scanned automatically, because I get a pop saying new virus detected. But like Micky has mentioned set a time for viruses to be scanned.
    Just check the dashboard of ur antivirus software, there should be settings for scan automatically, or scan in background.By selecting them antivirus will keep scanning files on ur PC in the background.Also it might have additional settings like move detected viruses or malware to chest or the option to delete them when detected.

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    You need to go into the anti virus portal and the option for automatic scanning should be there.

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    I run a virus scan every time my computer is lagging. Maybe it will pass a year, maybe a week, maybe a month doesn't matter. And there is an automatic scanning so you can look into it.

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    You can scan your computer on weekend, or there is an automatic scanning option which you can select so don't need to do it manually. Whenever you use any USB try to scan that device right there and than, so later you don't need to scan your computer. Don't scan your computer every time in Full-Scan mode, just once in a weak will be enough.

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    It depends on your activity. If you are using more external sources like CDs, USB pendrive etc. you need to do at least a quick scan daily. But a full thorough scan is recommended at least once in a week. While a quick scan only check the common locations, a full scan will take care of all local drives which is disk intensive. In fact if a good real time protection is on, you need not to worry about a thorough scan. It will keep on checking for any new infections. I think nowadays even free anti-virus programs give real time protection.

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    I run scans on all my computers twice a week. I may do a third scan during the week if I encounter any form of security breach. More often than not, it will usually be a false alarm but it's better to have that extra piece of mind. I've heard of folks that only scan their computers once a year. That's crazy, especially if they're online regularly they are bound to have several viruses on their PCs.

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    In my case, I am just like @serbog. Whenever my PC lags or slows down, I do a virus scan. As for answering your questions, It's better to set it to every week or so as people mentioned. Also, the answer depends on your knowledge of how to navigate the web like knowing fake websites, banners, and adds, and whether you download a lot of things or not.

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    Most anti virus software will already scan at specific times out-of-the-box. Usually once per day\week. Unfortunately these are not thorough scans, so you should schedule boot time and thorough scans once in a while yourself. How often depends on what you do with your pc.

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    Mine is set to run automatically 2 times a week at certain times. As I do work online, I also run a through scan once a week to make sure there are no data breeches. So in my opinion, it really depends on what you do online. I also have real time scan running at all times to let me know of untrusted sites.

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    I have mine set to run when I know I will be asleep so that it does not interrupt the other things I do. I agree with everyone that it depends on what you are doing on your computer for how often you should run it. I try to run it as often as possible because all of my work is on the computer.

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    I set my scan to run automatically in the background once per week. You can go to the software settings you will see the option to set auto scan there.

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    Well, I believe that Anti Virus runs scanning in background. Because when we install a software, if this software has suspicious files, the anti virus will warn you. I am supporting my answer because Avast works this form. I have never started a scanning task by myself.

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    Avast won't work on Windows 10, at least not when I tried. It was always my preferred antivirus, and I run a scan only when there is a warning. For now, I have Avira. I know because it's used in my university and it seems to be working fine.

    The trick is to install your antivirus as soon as you install your OS then set auto-update to ON. The warnings appear generally when you install a new program, and most of them are full of commercial add-ons that are detected. I also use Malwarebytes if something seems strange in the system.

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    Aimayaram, You could try "360 Total Security". Several websites about technology says "Heavy security scheme usually yield great analysis of websites specializing in antivirus and must realize in time to keep everything protected on your PC". it has a excellent reputation. If you have some doubt, watch reviews in youtube.
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    Ok thanks, I didn't know this one. Does it work on Windows 10? I'll bookmark it at least. It's also for Mac and Android. Android seems to need an antivirus these days, with bugs such as Stagefright that permit someone to take control of your phone with just a video containing a virus. Old Macs and iPad seem to be very vulnerable. It's on if my iPads that a worm entered once on a Hotmail inbox. It contacted all my contact list. Since then, Microsoft has imposed longer passwords and I did a system upgrade on the iPad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockgold20 View Post
    Hi, Just want to know guys on how to schedule my scanning tasks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aimayaram View Post
    Ok thanks, I didn't know this one. Does it work on Windows 10? I'll bookmark it at least. It's also for Mac and Android. Android seems to need an antivirus these days, with bugs such as Stagefright that permit someone to take control of your phone with just a video containing a virus. Old Macs and iPad seem to be very vulnerable. It's on if my iPads that a worm entered once on a Hotmail inbox. It contacted all my contact list. Since then, Microsoft has imposed longer passwords and I did a system upgrade on the iPad.
    I use AVG 2016, I think it's the best antivirus software for PC and on the web, I think avast is a virus. I do a scan weekly, or every 2-3 days when I remember, but I always schedule a weekly scan, and AVG always detects viruses, even when I am not scanning for it

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    I do it daily, usually before I shutdown my computer so I can sleep without any worries. I have bad experience with Trojans before thats why I am such a control freak when it comes to computer security. I don't want to experience the conflict of a virus and malware ever again that I do this in a daily basis.

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