F-Prot 6.0.4.4 beta - Default and Advanced scanning levels

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  1. Miyagi

    Miyagi Registered Member

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    I was browsing the Help file and found out that F-Prot does have a special scan settings where you can specify the scan mode/level - quick, normal (default), and Thorough. Found in Advanced/Advanced Scan setting.

    I am trying to find out whether the Normal and Thorough modes differ in their Heuristic settings. It seems like the main difference is the scanning of archives. Normal mode will only scan level 1 in archive whereas the Thorough mode will scan deeper inside the archives?
     
  2. mario_l

    mario_l Registered Member

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    Hi,
    Yes, the most noticable difference between Normal and Thorough modes is the scan depth in archives, but is not the only difference.
    All the 3 scanning modes differ in the "heuristic level" too, Thorough mode is the most "paranoid".
    I paste here the "Scan Levels" descriptions from the help file:

    Thorough scan:
    Heuristics and neural network detection of new viruses are used.
    Slight probability of false positive where the scanner incorrectly classifies a file as a virus. The incorrect detection occurs either by heuristics or by a dated virus signature in a database.
    It performs extensive scanning on files including archives.
    Slow scanning speed.
    Recommended if you have the reason to believe that your computer is infected with malware.

    Normal scan (default):
    All normal heuristics are used and therefore detection of new viruses is high.
    Least probability of false positive where the scanner incorrectly classifies a file as a virus. The incorrect detection occurs either by heuristics or by a dated virus signature in a database.
    It performs standard scanning on files including archives.
    Fast scanning speed.
    Recommended.

    Quick scan:
    Minimum heuristics are used and therefore detection of new viruses is less.
    Almost none probability of false positive where the scanner incorrectly classifies a file as a virus. The incorrect detection occurs either by heuristics or by a dated virus signature in a database.
    It performs a very fast scan on files including archives.
    Very fast scanning speed.

    Mario.
     
  3. Miyagi

    Miyagi Registered Member

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    Thank you Mario! :)
     
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