Virus scans?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by jon_fl, Oct 9, 2004.

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  1. jon_fl

    jon_fl Registered Member

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    How often do you schedule a virus scan o_O
     
  2. wings

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    Twice a year? o_O :D
     
  3. jon_fl

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    Isn't that a bit much? :ninja:
    I guess to help Wings out, could it be once a week? Once a day? Looks like Wings is having a boring day.
     
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    As for myself I do it weekly,i dont really know how often a person should, but i figure once a week is probaly safe (at least i'm hoping) :D
    rita
     
  5. jon_fl

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    Thank you Rita. That's what I'm doing. Just wondering if there's any reason to do it more frequently.
     
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    Every other day for me, but i'm paranoid so..... ;) :D

    As Rita said, once a week should suffice.



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  7. Stephan123

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    i do it every week with Trend Micro Internet Security 2005
     
  8. jon_fl

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    The reason I asked is that I had 2 trojans infecting my computer that my AV caught in the weekly scan. I was wondering if I should set up more frequent scans or get an AT. I'd prefer to do the former and I was trying to see if anybody was doing more frequent scans.
     
  9. darkmatter

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    You should set up more scans and get an AT. I normally scan with my AV everyday, never finds nowt but hey thats paranoia for ya :D

    Ive had an AT for a while and once you have one its hard to surf without it, cant be to careful these days, you could always trial some before you buy to.
     
  10. Rita

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    i believe an AT would be a good thing to have-they detect things an av doesnt if i understand right
    rita
     
  11. jon_fl

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    My AV did find the Trojans and I did an online Trojan Scan and I was clean. Do you use an AT Rita? I guess an AT would be a more effective protection.
     
  12. RejZoR

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    Honestly? Never. Usually only to get that green checkmark in antiviruses (everything enabled/checked) ;) I'm always sure that my system is clean.
    The only thing that i always have is an installed AV before i connect to internet.
     
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    yes i am using tds now--the trial version--very good prog
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  14. jon_fl

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    RejZor are you running an AT? What do you use to secure your computer?
     
  15. BlueZannetti

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    I do a nightly scan - I'm sleeping, why not? I figured that I might as well use the CPU cycles, I don't see a downside here. I generally setup all my scans during off hours (overnight or while I'm away at work) with report only or ask user type settings. That way, I get a flag if something's found and can manually check it out.

    Blue
     
  16. RejZoR

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    Only avast!. I think its powerful enough in all areas. Trojans are also covered pretty good through generic trojan detection.
    Other thing is common sense ;) You get used to it when you're so much into security stuff :) Maybe Ad-aware and Spybot (and Spython in System Mechanic 5) from time to time, but thats pretty much all.
     
  17. Don Pelotas

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    I usually scan once a day, like alot of others here i also use an anti-trojan, the big three in this category is BOClean, TDS-3 and Trojan Hunter. :)
     
  18. Mele20

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    I only do a full scan if I have symptoms of an infection. I have only had one infection ever and that was because I didn't know I needed to scan a new blank, store bought, plastic wrapped floppy for viruses before using. For me, any regular scans would be overkill. The AV I am currently trialling suggests to not do regular scans. In fact, every AV (with one exception) I have used suggests to not do regular scans. Only do them if you have signs of an infection.
     
  19. TopperID

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    You can't be serious!!!

    If you only do scans when you have signs of an infection and you have only been infected once - that means you've only done one scan in your life, right!

    My AVs have always had a weekly scan scheduled by default. In between times I sometimes do scans with alternatives like Adaware, an AT etc. So I guess I'm scanning maybe every three days or so.
     
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    I look at it from this, my own personal point of view, way. :)

    Generally about every 4-6 weeks I will do one FULL system scan with AV and AT.

    If RTM is on in my AT/AV and also running AdWatch PRO/SG with SpywareBlasters killbits set, then doing very regular scans [for me] is redundant.

    I also have things set up totally manual, I need to watch my scans, as with KAV 4.5 PRO w/- Super Xtended Databases, I have it set to report only and have a few test trojans to alert to, which I have to OK, so like to watch it.
    Only takes 35 mins with around 152,000 files, 2883 folders, 2243 archived folders, and 921 packed files.

    Cheers, TAS
     
  21. bizfanatic

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    i guess... do it every week if u can? i used to do it less frequently. but sometimes you may jus be so unlucky....
     
  22. RejZoR

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    I check the disk only after i install AV. After that i leave the protection to On-Access (Real-Time) module. Thats why its there.
     
  23. BlueZannetti

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    I guess the other reason to perform somewhat more regular scans is the variable time delay between a potential infection and when a new signature or adaptation of heuristic analyses are released. The need for this will depend on the relative settings employed for the realtime monitor vs. the on-demand scanner.

    Blue
     
  24. RejZoR

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    Yeah i know that, but if you're at least a bit careful than there is a very very small chance of infection.
     
  25. TopperID

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    You mean 'cos your RTM is keeping it out, there is no point in scanning?

    But I don't have a resident guard for my AS or AT so I think maybe they'll pick something up scanning that my AV guard could have missed.

    Perhaps I'm overscanning 'cos I admit I never find anything, so it's just for reassurance really.

    Are there any hardware implications from over-zealous scanning, like shortenning the life of your drive etc?
     
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