Clarification on "Scanning Network drives"

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by OmegaGuy, May 31, 2011.

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  1. OmegaGuy

    OmegaGuy Registered Member

    May 31, 2011

    Can someone clarify exactly what is meant by:

    Media to scan - Network Drives

    I ask this because I assume (perhaps incorrectly) that if this option is UNchecked then the workstation NOD32 will NOT scan any file that is on a network mapped drive, UNC path, anything that is not on a local drive.

    I spoke to tech support today and the guy told me that NOD32 will scan a file that is being opened from a network drive EVEN IF THE OPTION IS NOT SELECTED.

    So I am confused.

    The reason all this is coming up is because the workstations are experiencing a Windows Delayed Write Failure on a network file. If we disable NOD32 then the program works fine.

    So can anyone clarify.

  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

    May 24, 2009
    if you disable network scan option does it help (because it should)
  3. dannyboy

    dannyboy Registered Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    From my understanding, it makes no difference whether it's a mapped drive or UNC path the files are on. Either way, if 'network drives' is unticked then the file shouldn't be scanned when accessed or executed.

    As a test I placed an eicar file on a network share, and got the following results:

    With network scanning disabled:-

    Accessing via UNC path or mapped drive - I was able to execute the file without NOD32 blocking it

    With network scanning enabled:-

    Accessing via UNC path or mapped drive - NOD32 blocked and quarantined the file when executed
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