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Is There An Appropriate Order For Scanning Computer?


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#1 deniroa

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 09:28 AM

i am new to the forum and maybe this has been asked already or explained somewhere. i am very new at this so please forgive me if this is a silly question.
is there a particular order in which you should use the various programs for scanning and cleaning your computer?
for example, i have ad-aware, spybot s&d, ccleaner and avast. is it better to run one before another? is there a certain order to follow that is most effective? should i restart my computer between each scan that i run or is it ok to run them all and then shut down?
also, is it best to run scan disk and defrag after or before all of this?
if i could just get the order in which to run evrything it would be great...or if it matters.
thanks for your help!

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 09:53 AM

This is how I run them:

Scan Disk
Defrag
Antivirus (Avast)
Spyware Apps (Spybot, Ad-aware)
CCleaner

No need for a restart between scans.
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Posted 13 October 2005 - 11:12 AM

I generally perform the following in this order (but not each every time) and without shutting down my computer (unless to run something in Safe Mode):

Antivirus Scan
Adware scans (Ad-Aware SE, Spybot, but in no particular order)
Delete unneeded files (disk cleanup, etc.)
Archive old files and delete from HD.
Scandisk
Defrag

It seems logical to run scandisk and defrag AFTER making changes to what is on your hard drive; but the only hard and fast rule I use is to always run scandisk before defragging.

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 11:46 AM

Point taken, John.
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Posted 13 October 2005 - 12:44 PM

I read somewhere that it is better to run Disk Cleanup after Scandisk. Then defrag, so that's the order I do it.

Otherwise I use the same order as John. For malware scanners it doesn't really make any difference in what order they are run, but it seems to make sense to run the the antivirus first and then an anti-trojan before running antispywares.

No need to reboot after any scan as long as all you do is scan. However, if you fix major infections it is probably a good idea to reboot afterward, even tho most of these programs will let you know if that needs to be done or will do it for you.

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