Scan Options

For "on-demand" or scheduled scans, you have three scanning options:

Scan Option

Description

Smart Scan

This kind of scan checks only the files most likely to contain malicious software. It will usually finish more quickly than a full scan, and can generally find the same malicious software.

Custom Scan

This kind of scan checks specific files or the contents of folders on your Mac that you choose.

Full Scan

This kind of scan checks every file on your Mac for malicious software.

Scanning Your Mac

You can make Antivirus for Mac check all (or just some) of the files on your Mac for malicious software. The time needed to finish the scan depends on the total number of files checked, as well as the hardware specifications of your Mac.

  1. Click the Antivirus for Mac icon near the top right corner of your screen, and then select Open Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac...
  2. Click Scans on the left side of the window, and then select one of the three options shown:
    Option Description

    Smart Scan

    Checks only the files most likely to contain malicious software. A Smart Scan will usually finish more quickly than a full scan, and can generally find the same malicious software.

    Custom Scan

    Checks specific files or folders on your Mac. Click Choose Files or Folders... to specify which files to scan. You might want to select this option to check the files on a removable USB drive, for example. By the way, you can also drag any file onto the Antivirus for Mac window to scan it for malicious software.

    Full Scan

    Checks all the files on your Mac. It will generally take longer than the other scans, but should find any hidden malicious software.