Anti-virus scanning

  Non Welsh Local 09:47 26 May 2005

Hi all.
I have AVG antivirus installed and on occasion it does pick up any suspect files in emails etc.
So, my question is do I still need to perform a whole system scan manually(or scheduled) or if the system is runnng(it always is) then should it not pick up any suspect files on it's own so to speak? Note I check for updates everyday so it does have the latest definitions etc.

Basically do those who run AVG still run whole system scans as a matter of course?

Many thanks.

  961 09:55 26 May 2005

It's a good idea to run a thorough scan once a week as well as scans by your (freshly updated)anti spyware software

  Belatucadrus 12:13 26 May 2005

Anti virus software signatures are updated as a reaction to new threats, So there is inevitably a time window between the release of a new virus and the AV software house issuing their response. As a result there is a theoretical chance that a virus can bypass the mail filter before AVG gets out the update, if it does it will be picked up by system scans run after the appropriate update is installed. So a regular system scan remains a good policy.

  Enoch 12:23 26 May 2005

Personnaly I have my AV scanning done DAILY to check my system. I have it automatically to scan at 2.00am every day. That way I can see the results when I wake up and before any other action takes place on my PC.

It works for me

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