Computer Scans

Your Norton service automatically downloads latest virus definition regularly and secures your computer from all types of viruses and unknown threats. When Norton performs a Computer Scan, it uses the latest virus definitions that Symantec provides.

The threat detections that are based on the local definition are specified with a specific name. For example, if a Trojan horse is detected, the scan results of the Computer Scan displays the threat as Trojan.Foo. You can click the Scans option available in the Security tab to access the different types of computer scans.

When you install Norton for the first time, Norton takes at least 1 hour to find all the threats in your computer. If you suspect your computer is infected, run a Full System Scan immediately after installation.

If you suspect that your computer is infected, you can run three types of computer scans manually to prevent virus infections on your computer.

You can run the following types of computer scans:

Quick Scan

Scans the important locations of your computer that the viruses and other security threats often target.

Quick Scan takes less time to scan than a Full System Scan because this scan does not scan your entire computer.

Full System Scan

Scans your computer for all types of viruses and security threats.

Full System Scan performs a deep scan of your computer to remove viruses and other security threats. It checks all boot records, files, and running processes to which the user has access. Consequently, when you run a Full System Scan with administrator privileges, it scans more files than when you run it without administrator privileges.

Custom Scan

Scans a specific file, folder, drive, or removable drive that you choose.

Custom Task

Runs LiveUpdate, backs up your data, frees disk space, and optimizes your disk volume.

Computer Scan provides details about the scanned items. You can view the details such as total number of files scanned, security risks detected, security risks resolved, and the total items that require attention. It also provides you the different ways to resolve any items that were not automatically resolved during the scan. You can also view the severity of the risk, the name of the risk, and the status of the risk about the resolved items.

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DOCID: v36718286_ns_retail_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 12/13/2016