How Often You Scan Your Computer?

@julyteen (13259)
Davao, Philippines
October 21, 2010 6:57pm CST
It's already 6 months since I got my new laptop and never did scanning my laptop if there's virus or spyware on my operating system. So far I didn't experience difficulties in running all my programs. I surf all my ptc everyday. Hope I didn't got any spyware from them. To all my fellow mylotters, how often you scan your operating system?
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18 responses
@llbo1981 (1242)
• China
22 Oct 10
I have not scan my laptop about 3 months already.Because my virus software don't upgrade,my virus software is free edition.And it can not be upgraded.So it is hard for me to scan virus on my computer.
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@vijay12 (1643)
• India
22 Oct 10
please try "spywareterminator",along AdAware of Lavasoft.Both are free.
@vivekan (93)
• India
1 Nov 10
I scan my computer monthly twice.Sometimes system slows up,then i will clean up my computer and scan my system. If u are regular internet surfer it is safe to scan ur computer regularly. If u dont have antivirus atleast scan online using panda online active scan,it is really good scanner. I prefer kaspersky internet security or eset or microsoft essential security(mse). mse is free for orginal windows os
@ellyse2003 (1465)
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
I scan my computer almost every other day. My anti-virus automatically scans my laptop every other day. I wanted to be sure that I'm free from serious attacks. I always log on to the internet so I want my computer to be virus free.
@mlhervas (482)
• Philippines
26 Oct 10
I only do a full virus scan once a month on my laptop and desktop computers since my anti virus do a passive scan while I am working online. :) This would be very helpful as it would not interfere with my work and eat up much resources just to scan everything.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
25 Oct 10
I try to run a full scan at least every couple of weeks and I also try to defrag it every couple of weeks.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
22 Oct 10
Once in a month at most. Yes, it’s important to do it especially if we’re always connected to the Internet. We can get anything suspicious without our knowing so better scan or else. I clean up my disk too.. I sometimes download stuff and forget to check it after..
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
22 Oct 10
I used to scan my computer on a weekly basis. Now i have an automatic prompt that scans for me. It usually pops up every two weeks. it saves me from remembering to scan since it does it for me.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
22 Oct 10
not too often. i will scan when i think there is something wrong with my computer.this could be once a month or once a week.depends on the computer performance.
@sissy67 (225)
• United States
22 Oct 10
I clean up my computer once a week. I have set my programs to auto run at certain times. I scan for virus, spyware, and I clean my cache and delete cookies and I delete unused items or downloads and then I degragment if needed. It keeps my computer running fast.
@his0yir (258)
22 Oct 10
I am quite careless about the security of my computer. Instead of scanning my computer with virus protection software regularly, I only do it occasionally. If I don't remember to scan my computer, I can leave it there for months. I guess it is not a good habit for someone who browses lots of websites everyday like me.
22 Oct 10
Most of the time I do it weekly, but if the computer is acting funky or slow, I will go ahead and scan my system. Its a good idea to keep you computer cleaned and tuned up regularly that way there are less places for a virus to hide.
@xxkumiko (26)
22 Oct 10
I scan my laptop every end of the week. I think it's the best thing to do to avoid spyware/virus/malware.
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
22 Oct 10
Well, I scan it with my antivirus everydays, as I have turned on the daily scan option in it. I use internet quite a lot, so it's better to keep my computer protected, and there are many b*s*t*rds who are willing to infect as many computers as possible with their freshly done virus. I think you should perform some scanning now and then, just to make sure that your computer is still safe, as you never know
@Vegtamr (82)
• Italy
22 Oct 10
It depends on how do you use your laptop. Anyway, it would be better to regularly scan your system, in order to make sure there is no "surprese" there. You can do it manually, but maybe it would be easier to use a scheduled scan which, for example, will scan your system once in a week. It's a reasonable compromise, if you don't like to check it daily. Anyway, you sure have to scan it, everytime you install new programs; scanning evey file you donwload from the Web is an obvious thing...
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Oct 10
hi julyteen thanks for reminding me last week in trying to trouble shoot my computer my son shut off my virus program and til now I had forgotten that I did not have it on,.when its on I let it scan once a week and during the time when I am not using my computer.daily scanning was slowing my computer down really fierce. I have a desktop and it is an elderly one but it works beautifully. so with once a week scanning by my Avira virus program I have been virus free.always used to use AVG but it clashed with my new email client so we changed to free Avira instead. it is alos very good and its free.
@hushi22 (4941)
22 Oct 10
i scan it every month but sometimes when i sense it's getting slow i scan it immediately.
• Malaysia
22 Oct 10
I set my computer to scan for viruses and malware daily, while everything else is launched manually. So far, I've not had a problem or a conflict while doing so (I have both Avast and Comodo running on my system).
• United States
22 Oct 10
I use Ccleaner a free program you can download. You can scan your files for cleaning, you can also scan your registry. Then in another part you can change what programs open when you start your computer. I do this every few days, if not everyday depending on how much I have done online and how many new sites I have gone to. Windows update is automatic as well as windows defender, all is on auto. I also have a malware program that I run about once a week unless I have trouble with my computer, ie slow down, slow browser, or other things like that I will run it to make sure it isn't malware causing the problem.