Idle-state scanning questions

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus/Smart Security Beta' started by tomazyk, Oct 14, 2012.

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  1. tomazyk

    tomazyk Guest

    I have two question regarding idle-state scanning:

    1. how frequently does this scanning take place if enabled? I guess scan is not conducted each time screen saver starts or computer gets locked. So how often does it happen?
    2. are exclusions scanned during idle-state scanning or are they excluded? Nod32 help files description: "When the computer is in idle state, then a silent computer scan is performed on all local drives."

    Thank you for answers.
     
  2. tomazyk

    tomazyk Guest

    OK, since there was no answer I decided to test it myself. Here are the answers to my questions (they might help somebody wit similar questions):

    1. Idle-state scan is conducted after each reboot or turn off/turn on procedure, when idle state is detected. If computer is not turned off idle-state scanning is not conducted multiple times.

    I still don't know if scanning would run only once, if computer would be turned on 24/7. Any info about this would be appreciated.

    2. Idle-state scanning does not scan excluded items, same as all other scans.
     
  3. encus

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    Thanks for all your effort! Really appreciated it.
    For me, I'm going to disable it including the startup scan also as they're not that crucial.

    Thanks.
     
  4. Janus

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    Hello encus

    Personally I would not disabling the startup scan, as it ensure that any running malware will be detected and removed when the computer starts or after an update. of the virusdatabase. . And besides it will only use a small amount of your resources, for a very short time.
    Regarding the Idle-state scan , that I think is a great feature for some, is less crucial to disabling.

    Cheers, Janus
     
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  5. encus

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    Hi Janus.

    AFAIK, ESS will catch any malware loaded at startup, even if startup scan was disabled.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Marcos

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    It depends on the malware but definitely it's not wise to disable startup scans.
     
  7. encus

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    You mean not all malware?

    Thanks.
     
  8. Marcos

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    Real-time protection doesn't perform memory scans which may discover new malware with higher probability. Memory scans are carried out during startup scans or on-demand scans that you trigger manually.
     
  9. encus

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    Thanks for your answer, Marcos.
     
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