Scanning Your Computer - Part I

Introduction to Scanning

This tutorial explains how to scan your computer and interpret the results.

Why scan your computer?

Enabling protection against viruses and spyware keeps your computer protected in "real-time," so you do not need to start a scan to remove malicious software. However, if your computer performs poorly due to a possible infection, you can still run a scan at any time.

You can choose from three types of scans:

  • Quick Scan

    Scans only the places where threats commonly hide

  • Full Scan

    Scans the entire computer and external drives, but not network drives

  • Custom Scan

    Scans everything in the folders that you select

What happens when your security software detects a threat?

Which scan is best?

All scans check for the same types of threats, like viruses and spyware. Use Quick Scan if you have recently run a Full Scan. Although it takes longer, run a Full Scan if you have time.

What's next?

Learn how to run a scan >>