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#1 Ethan_PCG

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 02:33 PM

I have done many scans in the past with my Norton Anti Virus. I've always manged to get the same results every single time when doing a full scan. If I still get the same results every time should I use a Quick Scan?? 


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Posted 13 July 2016 - 04:54 PM

Generally there are three types of scans offered by most anti-virus and anti-malware programs:
  • Quick Scan only checks the areas of your computer most likely to contain malware...the most prevalent and common places where malware typically hides. The length of time for performing a Quick scan will vary but it generally takes about 15-30 minutes so they can be performed daily.
  • Full Scan is much more comprehensive since it scans the entire hard drive (all folders/files) which can number in the thousands. The length of time for performing a Full scan will also vary but because it is so comprehensive, this type of scan can take several hours. Most Full Scans can be scheduled to run late at night when not using the computer so you can perform a weekly scan without having to monitor it.
  • Custom Scan allows the user to select any files and folders on the hard drive to be scanned.
In most cases when performing routine security checks, only a Quick Scan is needed. A Full Scan is generally only recommended for heavily infected systems...showing obvious indications (signs of infection and malware symptoms) that something is wrong.
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