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Offline kbsojourner

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scan scheduling?
« on: March 27, 2009, 04:36:24 PM »
Just downloaded Avast Home and the user guide.  Cannot find a way to schedule scans. So I have to remember to scan or is there a place to schedule that I'm not seeing? :-\

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Re: scan scheduling?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009, 04:44:53 PM »
These automated options are only available in the Pro version. This is a limitation of the Home (free) version that it has interactive input requirement, there have to be differences in the Home/Pro version and this is one of them, the programmers have to eat ;D

Check this work around out - HOWTO: Scheduled Automatic Scans avast! Home Version!

The major disadvantage with the task scheduler trick of using ashquick.exe is, it will scan every file of the hdd, partition, folder or file that you set it to scan; even those files not considered a potential threat, this can take a long time.

It is possible to add certain folders to the exclusions list for say your media files, etc. Care should be taken with the paths you want to exclude as this could leave you vulnerable if that folder got infected as it wouldn't be scanned by the on-demand scanner as you have excluded it. However, should you access any infected file in a Folder in the Program Settings, Exclusions, the on-access scanner (Standard Shield) should detect it provided you haven't put the exclusions in there.

The Pro version gives a lot more flexibility and the scan would follow the settings and exclusions, etc. of the regular scan.

With the different levels of protection (Web Shield, Internet Mail, P2P and Instant Messaging) and the fall back of the Standard Shield, I find the need for daily scheduled scans lessened. I prefer to do a manual scan with my regular weekly maintenance tasks.
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Re: scan scheduling?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009, 06:32:01 AM »
I have tried to schedule a scan in Schedule Tasks, however it requires a password.  I do not use a password, so how can I overcome this requirement?
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Re: scan scheduling?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 03:17:56 PM »
You shouldn't require a password. I know that topic is quite large but I believe that password issue has been discussed within it.

I don't use this scheduled task work around as I don't feel it is as flexible as the regular on-demand scan (Standard sensitivity scan without Archives), that I do as a part of my weekly system maintenance; so I can't be any practical help on that question.
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Re: scan scheduling?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 12:22:48 AM »
I have tried to schedule a scan in Schedule Tasks, however it requires a password.  I do not use a password, so how can I overcome this requirement?
You can't. It's a Windows limitation. Windows requires a password for admin tasks or to set a scheduled task.
You'll need the Pro version of avast to use scheduled scans.
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Re: scan scheduling?
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009, 01:57:17 AM »
Thanks for your replies.  I will continue with manual scans.

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Re: scan scheduling?
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 01:33:52 PM »
Thanks for your replies.  I will continue with manual scans.
Remember that if you have on-access (resident) protection, you don't have (need) to run on-demand scannings very often, do you?
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