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Kudos0

Schedule a full system scan daily

Question 1: I've been running Norton's full system scan manually each day when I'm done working for the day. When I go into schedule the best choice I get for scheduling is weekly which doesn't help me. Is there a file I can call from a scheduled task to run each day at a specific time to run a full system scan? Question 2: Is there a way to find out how long my manual full system scans have taken? I went into history but I don't see my scans listed (but I could be looking for the wrong thing). Is there a log file or something I could check? Thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate your feedback.

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Kudos3 Stats

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

1. Daily Full System scanning is overkill.  The Quick Scans that Norton runs automatically after updating definitions are all you need.  The Quick Scans will catch any active malware that is running or set to run.  The only thing a Full Scan offers over the Quick Scan is that it can also spot inactive malware that may be present among your files.  These do not run, so do not pose any actual threat, and can be searched for during a monthly or weekly full scan.

2. To find your scan times, look in Norton History under Scan Results and click the scan you want to check:

Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Thank you for showing me the history but I still want to do overkill. My computer is unattended and there is no reason that I shouldn't be able to do a full system scan at that time. How do I do it? Is there an exe, or script that I can run? If need be, I can call it from AHK, VB, bat file, etc. rather than straight from a scheduled task.
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Kudos1 Stats

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Hello Schmuttis2

Settings>Antivirus>Scans and Risks>Computer Scans>Full System Scan>Configure in Blue> You have choice of monthly, weekly, daily plus other choices. Personally, I use weekly, but I would think if you checked off daily, you would be able to set up a daily schedule. I haven't tried  clicking on the daily to see what is there.

Have a Good Night and

Thanks.

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Kudos1 Stats

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Hypothetically, lets say that some malware got past your defenses one day.  If Norton Auto-Protect didn't catch it, and a Quick Scan following an automatic virus definitions update didn't catch it, a Full System scan at the end of the day isn't going to catch it either.  You, of course, should run any schedule that makes you comfortable, but the Full System scan offers no additional protection over the Quick Scan against new, active threats, which are really the things you want to look for.  I run a Full System scan before doing a full disk image backup to make sure that I don't inadvertently backup a malicious file that may be residing somewhere on the hard drive.  Other than that, I only run Quick Scans.

Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Thank you floplot - this is exactly what I want to do. Since there is no "daily" choice, I didn't realize that one could choose each day of the week to run weekly. I incorrectly thought weekly only meant once per week.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

In Flo's screenshot there is an option to run Daily.  Do you not see that option on your machine?

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

I don't see it - do you?

Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Hmm, that is very odd!  Yes I do.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos1 Stats

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

I see you scan is listed under Task Scheduling where as mine is listed under Settings > Antivirus > Scans and Risks tab > Full System Scan > Configure.

It seems you are scheduling Background Tasks, not the Full System Scan.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Ah, now I see the difference. I don't think it's really clear that the tab I was using was for background tasks. I do appreciate your help. So I should be all set up for automatic scans starting tonight. Yea - no more manual runs!
Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

If you insist on doing daily full scans,which as SOJ has said is overkill and it is, you can check that the full scan only scans new and changed files, which will save you some time and also wear and tear on your PC !

After any new AV installation it's suggested you run a full scan, but from then on only quick scans are necessary, but hey, it's your computer.

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Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Hello

I'm glad that Krusty and I were able to help you set up your full scans on a daily basis. I guess there must be enough customers who desire to run full system scans on a daily basis to include that choice. We are here to try and help the customer to do things with their Norton product as long it isn't any thing that would cause any thing malicious to happen. If the customer feels safer running daily full system scans, then he may choose to do so. We may not feel the same need, but that doesn't mean no one else may feel that need.

I would suggest though to vary that daily scan times just in case some malicious person is keeping tabs on your computer doesn't notice that you run the scan at the same time every day..

Have a Good Night and

Thanks.

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Kudos2 Stats

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

floplot:

If the customer feels safer running daily full system scans, then he may choose to do so. We may not feel the same need, but that doesn't mean no one else may feel that need.

I would suggest though to vary that daily scan times just in case some malicious person is keeping tabs on your computer doesn't notice that you run the scan at the same time every day..

F 4 E and I both stated that a user should run whatever types and numbers of scans that suit their comfort level.  What we also pointed out, however, is that Full System scans are designed to detect dormant malicious files that no longer pose any danger.  Since those are basically remnants from earlier times, it really doesn't make any sense to repeatedly scan for them.  Once you have run a clean Full System scan, you won't need to keep looking for these - AutoProtect and Quick Scans will prevent anything new and active from taking up residence.  An occasional monthly or weekly Full Scan is more than enough if you are concerned about finding any vestiges of malware.  At one time, Full System scans were essentially "the" scan you would run to find malware.  Nowadays, that is no longer the case: they are secondary to the Quick Scan and primarily designed only to clean up any old threat remnants that may still be present.  If you have an active threat, something capable of doing actual damage, the Quick Scan will find it.

As for "some malicious person keeping tabs on your computer," if that is your situation you are already in big trouble and you aren't going to outsmart someone who already has control of your PC.  It is time to nuke and reinstall everything at that point.  This really isn't something that you need to worry about unless you are very unfortunate.

Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Flo, we can only offer opinions and advice. Whether other users choose to accept or reject that advice, is entirely up to them.

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Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

Hello

Exactly. I answered the O/P first question. I was trying to be polite and thanked him/her. He didn't see the daily choice since he was looking in the wrong place. No where did I say that I disagreed with what SOJ or F 4E said. All I did was answer his first question. I did mention that I used weekly scans, but didn't give my reason for doing so. No where did I say I disagreed with what was pointed out by SOJ. He still wanted to know how to do it, even if it was an overkill, so I told him how.


As for "some malicious person keeping tabs on your computer," if that is your situation you are already in big trouble and you aren't going to outsmart someone who already has control of your PC.  It is time to nuke and reinstall everything at that point.  This really isn't something that you need to worry about unless you are very unfortunate.


Did I say anywhere that this is my situation? Why am I being attacked when I answered the question asked?

Have a Good Night and

Thanks.

Success always occurs in private and failure in full view. Windows 7 Pro 64 bit NSBU 22.17.0.183 Core Firmware 282 I E 11 Chrome latest version.
Kudos0

Re: Schedule a full system scan daily

floplot:

As for "some malicious person keeping tabs on your computer," if that is your situation you are already in big trouble and you aren't going to outsmart someone who already has control of your PC.  It is time to nuke and reinstall everything at that point.  This really isn't something that you need to worry about unless you are very unfortunate.


Did I say anywhere that this is my situation? Why am I being attacked when I answered the question asked?

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