How often do you Scan your Computer?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Dermot7, Oct 3, 2010.

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How often do you Scan your Computer?

  1. Multiple times daily

    4 vote(s)
    3.7%
  2. Daily

    24 vote(s)
    22.0%
  3. Weekly

    33 vote(s)
    30.3%
  4. Monthly

    10 vote(s)
    9.2%
  5. Less often

    14 vote(s)
    12.8%
  6. Hardly ever

    18 vote(s)
    16.5%
  7. Never

    6 vote(s)
    5.5%
  1. Dermot7

    Dermot7 Registered Member

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    I've seen it mentioned on Wilders thatsome regard it as OCD(obsessive compulsive disorder) to scan your computer a lot...but what is too often? Myself, I feel that, depending on your surfing habits, and what software you run,
    and how quick or possibly inconvenient(to some) a scan can be, then regular
    scanning is a good and efficacious practice. Especially if like with Prevx a deep scan can be done in anything between about 30 seconds and 6 minutes...my best time is 40 seconds.
    So, how often do you scan, if at all?
    This poll applies to quick scans only, please, but all views on this are welcome.
    I know there was a thread, but that was 6 years ago, so maybe times have
    changed? Thanks to everyone.:)
     
  2. AvinashR

    AvinashR Registered Member

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    I Scan my system "Daily" with Hitman Pro only. Though i know, my system can't be bypassed easily but still ...
     
  3. progress

    progress Guest

    Daily :D
     
  4. Osaban

    Osaban Registered Member

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    My last system scan was 3 months ago. It is faster and more conclusive to restore an image than to perform a full scan.
     
  5. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I voted "weekly" because that is about how often I do a scan with SuperAntiSpyware Free.

    However, I only do a scan with NOD32 monthly or when I feel like it.

    I have no "scheduled" scans. I just scan when I feel like it.
     
  6. Creer

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    +1 :thumb:
     
  7. Noob

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    I was daily like 2 weeks before, but now i've settled with once or twice weekly while i sleep and download things :D
     
  8. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Registered Member

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    Once for a few weeks with Hitman Pro and quick scan with MWAM. I do not expect to be infected, even without realtime AV, I scan PC just when I am bored.
     
  9. Bob D

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    Every few months or so.
    Risk profile pretty low here.
    (But the kids' computer is another story!)
     
  10. c2d

    c2d Registered Member

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    Once a week with NOD32 and MBAM
     
  11. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    Full scan every week with all of my scanners.
     
  12. 3GUSER

    3GUSER Registered Member

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    The security product I use scans the computer daily automatically (quick scans of memory and important place where malware often hides). I perform manual full scan from time to time (e.g. twice per month or so)
     
  13. Woodgiant

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    I have configured my task manager to do a scan automatically if I am hit by malware. Otherwise I only do a monthly scan before going to my internet Bank for my monthly salary. :)
     
  14. Page42

    Page42 Registered Member

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    I selected Multiple times daily.
    I have configured avast! and MBAM to do auto scans each day in the wee-wee hours.
    Now and then (every few days or every other week, depending on where I've been on the net) I will do manual scans with either Hitman Pro or Emsisoft Emergency Kit.
    It doesn't feel like I scan multiple times daily, because the scans are automatic and they take place while I am sleeping.
    I'm happy with the level of protection I have in place and the number of scans that are performed, and from all that I've read, that seems to be what really matters... that a user feels safe. ;)
     
  15. noone_particular

    noone_particular Registered Member

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    It's been well over a year since I last scanned one of my PCs. If I remember, I last used HouseCall. This PC has not been scanned since I set it up. If for some reason I suspect a problem, I run an integrity check.

    I've got several batch files that AVs don't like along with about 60MB of archived malware I've used for testing.
     
  16. twl845

    twl845 Registered Member

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    I usually don't do a scan unless the computer gets slightly unstable and I suspect something isn't right. My internet activity is sites like Wilder's and other safe places, and my e-mail activity is monitored by Mailwasher. I haven't been infected in about 10 years. To add more protection I have FDISR (original) which can eliminate anything I can't deal with. :) I will do a chkdisk every month or so as well.
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2010
  17. Searching_ _ _

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    I scan with chkdisk any time I see errors in the log.
     
  18. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    I am one of the two in the never department. No scanners on board.
     
  19. Kerodo

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    Make that 3. I never scan either.....
     
  20. guest

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    Well, I voted on the "Weekly" option, but I don't usually start any scan myself, unless I suspect of something.

    Microsoft Security Essentials, which is installed here, does a weekly scheduled full scan when the computer is on but not in use.
     
  21. ExtremeGamerBR

    ExtremeGamerBR Registered Member

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    Weekly :thumb:

    Here step Norton Full Scan and Emsisoft Emergency Kit once a week.
     
  22. fsr

    fsr Registered Member

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    People with resident AV are cheating, their PC's is scanned all the time. Although virus and other zoologic species of badware is afraid to come nearby my PC, i still run a weekly on-demand scan :D
     
  23. wat0114

    wat0114 Guest

    Never a full scan. Only most downloaded files will get scanned with on-demand MBAM.
     
  24. PJC

    PJC Very Frequent Poster

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    Same here...:D :D :D
     
  25. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    I tend to do a full SAS scan on my laptop monthly & often a quick MSE scan just before close down. The desktop is more or less the same thing but just with MSE at the moment.
     
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