How often do you scan your computer for viruses ?

@hulaboy (319)
Micronesia
August 2, 2009 7:11am CST
I use to scan my computer once every two weeks but now i'm scanning once every few days. I'm afraid there might be a virus on my computer, its acting funny. When i start it, it will take a long time for the apps to run and i can't connect to the internet automatically, i have to manually connect.
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23 responses
• United States
11 Aug 09
i scan my computer desktop and laptop everyday. its setup to scan it everyday afternoon to make sure its running ok with no problems.
• United States
12 Aug 09
As long as you have the time to do scans everyday, then that is good way to prevent any problems. But sometimes scanning a good program might end up creating a trigger effect. I try my best to backup more often then scanning. So I can always go back to when it was "all good and dandy".
• India
2 Aug 09
I have put out an automaic scan schedule for my computer where it scan twice a week thoroughly. I Use McAfee. Its very useful in detecting very dangerous virus and ofcoarse its getting updated. daily. Happy Mylotting. Cheers
@hulaboy (319)
• Micronesia
2 Aug 09
Cheers my friend
@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Hi there, well i am using AVG anti virus and everyday my computer was scan by AVG automatically. I set it every 8pm everyday, so far no problem with my computer. Keep on mylotting.
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@hulaboy (319)
• Micronesia
2 Aug 09
thanks for the tip kmaram. Have a good one.
@tonyllenium (6267)
• Italy
11 Aug 09
i scan usually and so it depends also from period!!I think that having a regular scan and upodates of your anti-virus will prevent as good an infection for your pc as well!!till now i had not a stong infections for my pc and so seeing that scanning regulary works for the security i will do it!!Sometimes i program the settings to have a scan authomatically may be in hours where i can't work on my pc in this way it will load automatically and so did not disturb my work as well!!
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• India
11 Aug 09
Hello friend. I am using Window Vista 32 bit Operating system and it has got a very good malware preventer in the form of Windows defender. Also, online protection and on-access protection of my antivirus is on, so I don't have to worry about the viruses and if they enter the system then that means they are not detected by my antivirus and then I have to delete them manually. Also, I think that if there is a virus in your system and your startup, then if it is not removed by antivirus, it will be hard to remove the next time also. The virus may damage your system too badly also. So, better install some new and better antivirus, or try deleting the virus manually. Happy MyLotting.
• India
2 Aug 09
I rarely scan for virus. Only when I am checking USB,I scan.
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• India
2 Aug 09
I actually scan my computer once every month and re-install operating system after every 3-4 months.With this habit i've never got a virus attack since i've got my computer.So try to scan ur pc if its acting funny and getting slow. Or the best solution-- Format and re-install operating system . This is the best method and no virus can stand against this method...
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• Japan
2 Aug 09
hi, my linux centos needn't to be installed antivirus software at my office, there are few virus in linux, and my company don't want to waste much time to full scan virus, TIME IS MONEY is my company's catchphrase. I scan my private computer by Avira, Avira is German antivirus software,it doesn't occupy much memory and cost much time,when i begin full scan, i am eating meal, full scan just costs eating time,quick and functional antivirus soft is popular. Of course i also install firewall and anti-trojan software, i only set quick scan, it can save time.take care of computer don'to be attacked by virus usually,it is a good habit,you won't cost much time to full scan.
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@surfermac (466)
• India
2 Aug 09
when ever i update my antivirus i try to scan and there is a tip i use i use safe mode to scan as no other viruses can be downloaded automatically
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
If you keep your anti-virus up to date, then its probably not a virus. I check my disk for errors, clean my temp files and a registry fix more than I do a full AV scan.
• Australia
3 Aug 09
That's the trick! You'll find that a registry clean regularly is well worth the 30 seconds it takes! Try "eusing.com and it is free as well.
@hulaboy (319)
• Micronesia
5 Aug 09
thanks for the info guys....yeah you're right. I don't think its a virus. I think its the registry.
• United States
5 Aug 09
i only scan certain files that look suspicious to me, otherwise my antivirus programs usually catches anything else automatically. also, i am very cautious and usually examine a file manually to see if it has suspicious things in it ( i repair computers for a living and over the years, i've learned what to look for). also everyone should backup anything they cannot replace, because sooner or later everyone gets a virus or a failed hard drive or something. you just never know.
• India
3 Aug 09
What antivirus software do you use. Iyt is recommended that you scan at least two days in a week. As you work on the net lots of temporary files are copied to your machine which blocks a lot of space. If you think that your computer is infected with virus please format your pc. Virus is avry bad thing. It deleted important files and therefore treat it early.
@hulaboy (319)
• Micronesia
5 Aug 09
I'm using norton internet security 2009 which automatically updates and scan
@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
21 Sep 09
yaa.. i regulerly scan my computers.. because..i know i am using internet daily..so there is more possibility of attacking virus.. so i scan daily.. but sometime o forget to scan..but next day..i scan in proper way..
@EliteUser (3971)
• Australia
10 Sep 09
Hey, I usually scan my computer about once per week, I don't really have time to scan my computer any more often than that. Usually it takes a few hours to scan the entire computer. Make sure you have a good day, Happy Lotting!!
@doggyhouz (548)
• United States
12 Aug 09
You ram can be one of the most simple issues that cause this problem. You may be lacking ram volume or the cache memory of the ram is full and needs to be "dump" out. I'm not sure how you do it but I'm sure hopefully one of the contributors here will talk more about it. I run on a pc and also I use redhat. So I usually feel that when my pc is slow its because of all the processing without dumping to reuse the space for more important information. You can also try to downgrade some of the visual basics you may be running. Sometimes when running higher end visual graphics it can stress the computer to work harder. Therefore not allowing other programs to react just as fast. Plus long term use of the program may reset certain priorities it may have when allocating the ram memory. You can sometimes force certain programs to have 0 or 1 priority which makes it run or have more dedicated memory to it. God bless
@taripres (1499)
• United States
5 Aug 09
I used to scan like at least once a day every time I got off the computer or before I shut it down for bed! But now it scans automatically every couple of days at 4am, so I don't have to do anything; when I pull the computer up the results are always right there! Taripre$
@buckiem (129)
4 Aug 09
Try Kaspersky Internet Security Complete Protection it scans and you dont even know it is doing it. It tells you when there is a threat, it updates itself when you turn your computer on so you have no hassles with it.
@schlei (132)
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
Run my virus scan every morning, after updates. Also, after that, I run malware scans. I am mighty paranoid when it comes to computer virus.
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
We do have our computer auto-scanned at noon time. But that is if the computer is no. Nevertheless, I try to scan the computer almost everyday.
• India
3 Aug 09
i used to scan my computer daily for viruses........but now i only do it once in a week when i have my weekly off......since i don't get time from my job i have to scan it only on my weekly off.....