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Offline mengfl

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how long to scan pc ?
« on: September 25, 2006, 07:55:23 AM »
your avast works well on my pc ,i appreciate it very much!

and i want to know how long i am to san my pc a time ?

because new virus news appears ,i am very worry about my pc ,and afraid that it will be destroyed by them.

so sometimes i san it twice one day!


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Re: how long to scan pc ?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006, 12:54:41 PM »
Hello :)

Well, in my opinion once a week is enough ;)
I make regular scans once a week  ;D
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Re: how long to scan pc ?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006, 01:52:53 PM »
I make regular scans once a week  ;D
Me too, unless something seems suspicious.  Then update, scan, and get on with life again.
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Re: how long to scan pc ?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2006, 02:35:56 PM »
Once a week as a part of my regular system maintenance but, what is more important than that is the sensitivity of the scan and if archives should be scanned.

Archive (zip, etc.) files are by their nature are inert, you need to extract the files and then you have to run them to be a threat. Long before that happens avast's Standard Shield should have scanned them and before an executable is run that is scanned. Thorough is also by its design very thorough and perhaps a little overkill for routine use, were a Standard scan without archives should be adequate.

I have only ever done a through scan with archives once shortly after installation just to ensure a clean start state, but with XP for example avast will do a boot-time scan after installation if you select it, this I believe will be quicker and reasonably effective. Like everything in life things are a compromise.
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Re: how long to scan pc ?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2006, 10:10:17 PM »
Sounds like there's almost a consensus about a once-a-week routine.  Add my vote too, I do a full standard scan (no archives) once a week. along with the rest of my "housekeeping" (ewido etc.), and let the Standard Shield handle things the rest of the time.

Oh, and maybe I missed it, but I don't think anyone answered your "how long" question, probably because there's already been a number of threads on that subject. Obviously it depends on your system and what's on it, but in my case about 3.5 gigs of scan usually runs about 11-12 minutes.
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Re: how long to scan pc ?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2006, 11:44:53 PM »
The time depends on too many variables (RAM, CPU, type of data, etc.) so will differ from system to system. For me 9 minutes for 6GB of data.
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Re: how long to scan pc ?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2006, 03:23:25 AM »
thanks every expert very much.