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How often should I do a scan?
« on: July 13, 2010, 08:09:38 AM »
How often should I schedule a full scan, and a quick scan?

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 08:26:33 AM »
It's up to you but I would say at least monthly. I have mine set to do a full scan on the first day of every month. You may feel better doing it more often. I would say scheduling a weekly quick scan and a monthly full scan should be sufficient. You can always do a manual one at any time if the need arises.

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010, 09:45:53 AM »
Or use the screensaver scan, then you want have to think about doing it.......

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010, 01:42:12 PM »
Or use the screensaver scan, then you want have to think about doing it.......
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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2010, 04:23:01 PM »
My last full  (boot scan) occurred when I installed avast!5.
Since then I've only scanned the system once.
avast! already scans everything before I run  it the first time so why get bogged down with a lot of scans.
+1 to the screen saver scan since by doing that it doesn't interfere with your normal computer usage.
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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2010, 04:55:38 PM »
Ok, thanks! I'm going to have it do a quick scan every week, and a full one every month. Whats the screensaver scan? I have never heard of it. ???

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2010, 05:33:28 PM »
The same as an on-demand scan that only starts when your screen saver is running.

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2010, 06:40:25 PM »
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My last full  (boot scan) occurred when I installed avast!5.
Since then I've only scanned the system once.
avast! already scans everything before I run  it the first time so why get bogged down with a lot of scans.
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+1 to the screen saver scan since by doing that it doesn't interfere with your normal computer usage.
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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2010, 08:19:16 PM »
Thanks! I ever knew about this feature! I just set it up, and thanks DavidR for the pic, it really helped!  ;D

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2010, 08:24:24 PM »
You're welcome.
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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2010, 01:06:19 AM »
I didn't know what the screen saver scan was all about so never tried it. I don't run a screensaver at all though so I guess it wouldn't work. I just have the machine set to turn off the monitor after 15 minutes and go into standby after 30 minutes of inactivity. Hibernate is disabled since I don't like that feature taking up 2 gigs of my hard drive space.

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2010, 02:05:19 AM »
I don't use a screen saver either, never saw the point if I'm not there, I have my monitor and standby timings a bit tighter than your also. There is also a scan when idle option that does much the same, if you don't have it loop all the time it would run through your system in those 30 minute periods until finished.
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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2010, 02:57:26 AM »
Dch48 and David.
Seems that the scrensaver scanning is not for you.
But for us, that enjoy screensavers (and have the avast scanning then...).
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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2010, 03:47:41 AM »
I agree, the screensaver scan is very handy :P
But I rarely do manual scans; the real-time shields and the sandbox keep me covered, I never had an infection with avast running.

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Re: How often should I do a scan?
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2010, 03:59:23 AM »
Dch48 and David.
Seems that the scrensaver scanning is not for you.
But for us, that enjoy screensavers (and have the avast scanning then...).

I really can't see the purpose of a screen saver, I don't sit in front of my monitor watching the screen saver, I'm normally not there so for me its just wasting power. My monitor turns off after 5 minutes, hard disks after 15 minutes and into standby after 20 minutes, I'd rather save the power/planet ;D
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