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How often should I scan for viruses?


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#1 wrayethan

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 04:08 AM

How often should I scan for viruses?

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 06:21 AM

There is no specific set amount time between scans or how often to perform them. I generally recommend performing a scheduled quick scan once a week and a comprehensive full scan once a month. Do this with both your anti-virus and anti-malware programs. Of course, if your computer is showing obvious indications (signs of infection and malware symptoms) that something is wrong, then you should scan immedidately.
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 01:35 AM

Scanning your PC with antivirus is not something I like or should recommend, please correct me if I am wrong. It takes forever to finish and it is finding a lot of garbage like archived files that is only scaring people. Antivirus products are proven not to be good remediation software so If they let malware slip by, it is very unlikely that they can erase it and clean all of the symptoms. That's what helped antimalware tools to arise. Antimalware scan is taking minutes and every malware family is carefully studied and there are specific fixes for them. That's why antimalware is more than enough to hopefully find malware and erase all of its components and settings very quickly.


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Posted 19 April 2016 - 06:18 AM

Anti-virus software is inherently reactive. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear and it takes time for them to be reported, samples collected, analyzed, and tested by researchers before they can add a new threat to database definitions.
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Posted 20 April 2016 - 11:04 AM

Additionally, I would scan any and all downloaded executables. If you downloaded it from some fishy site, you should definitely scan it with virustotal. (In fact, I always scan files with virustotal, as it only takes a few moments.)
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Posted 20 April 2016 - 02:10 PM

Folks should stay away from fishy sites. :wink:
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Posted 20 April 2016 - 06:04 PM

Folks should stay away from fishy sites. :wink:

meant to say somewhat fishy
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Posted 04 May 2016 - 02:18 PM

 "And I am Junk, my Moto" I mean I am use to the Upgrade then scan a couple times type but I still wonder were does it lead??? :tophat: . With the Hard Drive I mean?



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 04:23 PM

I don't understand your question.
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