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Old December 27th, 2012, 11:40 PM
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How often do you scan your computer for malware/viruses/spyware/whatever?

I do a quick scan with MalwareBytes almost every day, I'm kinda paranoid about stuff like this. :P
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Old December 28th, 2012, 08:36 AM
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I don't scan my computer anymore for viruses, malware, etc. and it's been like that for over two years now. If you're careful enough with what you're doing while using your computer than you should be safe. I've never had any problems with my OS during my last two upgrades to OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 ML. It'll likely continue until the next version which should be 10.9 or something.

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Old December 28th, 2012, 10:33 AM
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I'm usually careful about these kinds of things, but I have had a few slip by. My computer scans itself every Sunday though. And ever since I went and cleaned out my hard drive, I won't mind it scanning since it'll be much faster now.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 12:17 PM
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Every single day, man. It's vital. You'll never know the day your comp catches something. I always have my antivirus to check for spyware/malware/viruses/etc every time I start up the comp.

I may sound paranoid, but I've had a couple cases before! So, it's always good to stay on the safe side. ;)
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Old December 28th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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All of my computers scan weekly on Sundays at 4am.. that way I know that they scan at least once a week without me having to be disrupted by a virus scan.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 12:37 PM
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Wow, for real? I've never worried about computer viruses ever, thus have never scanned my computer. ups
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:12 PM
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While I'm at uni it tends to be every two weeks, since I rarely do anything that could cause my computer to get infected. If I'm at home and I have the connection to go on a mad downloading spree I tend to do it either every day or every other day before I go to bed.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:26 PM
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I haven't initiated any virus/malware scan on my computers in over 3 years. That being said I do run a reverse firewall to aleart me to anything trying to "phone home" and my AV software runs in the background 24/7. so I think I'm pretty well safe.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:28 PM
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I don't scan my netbook for any viruses, and stuff of that kind. I only scan the USBs I plug in.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 12:00 AM
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I check my computer once a month, usually the last Friday of the month.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 07:44 AM
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I don't manually scan, but MalwareBytes pro does an active scan and AVG scans every so often... I generally don't pay much attention because I don't need to. They keep me safe... but I know what to do if I do get one, so not too worried about it.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:25 AM
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I can't remember the last time I did a manual scan, but I'd have to say maybe only 2 or 3 times in the past year. My computer says that it runs a background scan every night at 3 am, but I've never seen it actually doing it. But, I haven't had any real issues with my computer for a few years, so I assume it's doing its job.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 03:49 AM
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No, I haven't scanned my computer ever since I bought it like 5 years ago. I don't really have a anti-virus program on my computer, well, unless you count Windows Defender as one.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:23 AM
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:54 AM
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Manually? Maybe once every three or four months. I have software that scans my laptop constantly for these things, and individually scanning my files takes the better part of 4-5 hours, and I can't do anything else in the meantime, so I rarely do it. I need my laptop during the day, and I don't want to leave it running overnight.

I figure if there is anything I need to know about, the monthly report I get will tell me, or I'll get a pop-up in the corner of my screen telling me not to download what I'm trying to download, or view the site in question. It works well enough, and since I pay monthly insurance on my laptop (which is a lifesaver, because I accidentally broke the screen once and it would have cost a fortune to replace it) I'm not TOO concerned about it. At least, not too much...
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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:20 PM
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I scan my desktop daily while I'm at work and my laptop maybe once a month. I'm not overly concerned about my desktop's safety or anything; scanning just makes me feel like I'm being productive while I'm not home.

Every now and then I'll find one malware/adware file, but that's it.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:15 PM
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I have Common Sense 2013 doing a passive scan at all times.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 09:39 AM
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I usually scan my computers for malware/virus every 2-3 months. I just recently upgraded my computer to Windows 8 which is apparently more secure than Windows 7.
I have my data on a separate drive to my operating system, so I'm not worried if my O/S gets infected, I just format the drive and re-install O/S.
I may swap to solid state drives and use my 2TB DATA drive as an external USB drive.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 11:18 PM
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About once a month is good for me. I would scan a little more often, but I've never really gotten anything terrible since I started using an efficient anti-virus.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 03:40 AM
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We have Kapersky Internet Security and it just did what's called a Full Scan 4 hours ago and what's called a Critical Area Scan 17 hours ago, and I beleive it basically scans the computer practically everyday or so. We have dealt with viruses and malware on previous computers so it's to to make sure the computer's safe this time. When I get a computer of my own , I probably will get a anti-virus thing that scans it as often as possible.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 05:43 AM
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I usually scan my PC if my antivirus detected something wrong with the downloaded file. And, I usually scan if I plug in USB flash disks.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 05:52 AM
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I've had viruses in the past on another computer but ever since then I hadn't really... installed any sort of virus protection? I mean I'm not even sure if I HAVE virus protection enabled or not, and I stay out from what Google says is dangerous and I only download things that have lots of things saying it's okay (even though it probably isn't, but still, lots of testimonies can be good I guess??)

But yeah I really don't care thaaat much plus I have nothing to hide on my computer if there is spyware because I don't do banking, nor save passwords here, nor take revealing photos, nor watch/download porn, so I'm good in most cases. :)
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Old January 24th, 2013, 07:13 AM
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I do a scan every two or three days with NOD32, and Malwarebytes pro.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 06:21 PM
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I've had viruses in the past on another computer but ever since then I hadn't really... installed any sort of virus protection? I mean I'm not even sure if I HAVE virus protection enabled or not, and I stay out from what Google says is dangerous and I only download things that have lots of things saying it's okay (even though it probably isn't, but still, lots of testimonies can be good I guess??)

But yeah I really don't care thaaat much plus I have nothing to hide on my computer if there is spyware because I don't do banking, nor save passwords here, nor take revealing photos, nor watch/download porn, so I'm good in most cases. :)
I'd like to see a hacker or a piece of malware try to download over 500 GB worth of pornography off my hard drive >_>
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Old January 25th, 2013, 06:55 PM
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I use superantispyware (it's not a scam) and scan every week or so. Usually I catch some cookies but every month almost I can relieve my computer of a nasty trojan.
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