Scanning

Scanning

What are the differences between the three types of scans?

There are three different types of scans PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus:

1           Full Scan - a complete scan of all files and running applications in all the drives of your computer, this scan provides you with the maximum possibility of finding infections. Please note that this scan is slower than the other two scans.

2           Intelli-Scan - as the name suggests, this is an intelligent scan which looks in the most probable places where infections may be found. These Include:

      Running Processes

      Startup Locations

      Browser Cookies

      Browser Settings

      The Windows Hosts File

      Windows Registry

      ActiveX Objects

      Layered Service Providers (LSPs)

3           Custom Scan - this scan lets you select the drives and folders to scan and the scanners to be used. These include:

      Browser Scanner - Complete Scan for browser hijackers.

      MBR Scanner - Scans for Master Boot Record (MBR) infections.

      Kernel Threat Scanner - Scans for memory, objects and hardware infection.

      File Scanner - Complete scan for all fixed drives. Selecting this will display a pop-up where you are required to select folders to scan.

      Registry Scanner - Scans the Windows Registry for malicious entries.

      LSP Scanner - Scans for malicious Layered Service Providers (LSPs).

      DNS Scanner - Scans for malicious DNS entries.

      Hosts Scanner - Scans the Windows Hosts file for malicious entries.

      Network Settings Scanner - Scans network for registry settings.

      Process Scanner - Scans for running processes for infections.

      Script Scanner - Scans using scripts to detect complex infections.

      Startup Scanner - Complete scan of startup locations.

How do I perform a scan for infections?

To perform a Full Scan

A Full scan is a complete scan of all files and running applications in all the drives of your computer, this scan provides you with the maximum possibility of finding infections. Please note that this scan is slower than the other two scans.

Step 1.     Select the Start Scan Now tab.

Step 2.     Click the Start button under Full Scan. This will start an in-depth scan of your computer on all drives, applications, start-up files and other locations.

To perform an Intelli-Scan

An Intelli-Scan looks in the most probable places where infections may be found. You may perform an Intelli-Scan simply by clicking the Scan button on the Home screen.

Step 1.     Select the Start Scan Now tab.

Step 2.     Click the Start button under Intelli-Scan.

An Intelli-Scan will scan the following locations:

      Running Processes

      Startup Locations

      Browser Cookies

      Browser Settings

      The Windows Hosts File

      Windows Registry

      ActiveX Objects

      Layered Service Providers (LSPs)

To perform an Custom Scan

Custom Scan:  This scan lets you select the drives and folders to scan and the scanners to be used.

Step 1.      Select the Start Scan Now tab.

Step 2.      Click the Start button under Custom Scan.

Step 3.      Select the types of scans you want to run from the list of scanners available and then click Continue:

      Browser Scanner - Complete Scan for browser hijackers.

      MBR Scanner - Scans for Master Boot Record (MBR) infections.

      Kernel Threat Scanner - Scans for memory, objects and hardware infection.

      File Scanner - Complete scan for all fixed drives. Selecting this option will open a pop-up window where you are required to select folders to scan.

      Registry Scanner - Scans the Windows Registry for malicious entries.

      LSP Scanner - Scans for malicious Layered Service Providers (LSPs).

      DNS Scanner - Scans for malicious DNS entries.

      Hosts Scanner - Scans the Windows Hosts file for malicious entries.

      Network Settings Scanner - Scans for network registry settings.

      Process Scanner - Scans for running processes for infections.

      Script Scanner - Scans using scripts to detect complex infections.

      Startup Scanner - Complete scan of startup locations

Step 4.      As the scan progresses, the progress bar will indicate the percentage of scan completed and estimated time remaining. The type of scanner being used is also displayed above this bar. You may stop or pause the scan at any time by clicking the red stop button and the pause button respectively.

Step 5.      Scan Results - as threats are found, they are listed along with their risk levels. Once the scan is complete, you can fix any problems by checking them in the Scan Results list and clicking Fix Selected.

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You may also Auto Fix problems by enabling the Auto Fix under the Stop and Pause buttons on the screen.

Step 6.      Optionally, configure PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus to quarantine and remove, remove permanently or ignore infections.

How do I repair infections at the end of the scan?

At the end of a scan, PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus lists all detected infections in the Scan Results screen. Infections are listed according to the threat they pose and the risk level of that threat.

Step 1.       Right-click on the infections list to view the actions that can be performed on the infections.

Step 2.      Click the Fix Selected button on the Scan Results screen to quarantine and remove all infections. Quarantining an item will place it into a contained area from where it no longer poses any threat but can be restored at a later time, if required.

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Step 3.       You may perform any of these actions on an infection. Simply select the item and right-click on the list to view the actions pop-up menu. All items are checked by default.

      Move to Quarantine and Remove: removes the infection but quarantines the item into a contained area from where it can be restored.

      Remove only: removes the item permanently (without quarantining).

      Move to Global Action List: moves the item to a Global Action List, and by default will ignore the item for subsequent scans.

How do I create a Windows Restore Point before removal of infections?

Windows Restore Point: Windows Restore Point allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., to a previous state in the event of a system malfunction or failure.

To create a Windows Restore point before repairing infections, select the option at the bottom of the scan results screen before executing the Repair function.

The scan results screen is displayed at the end of a scan if infections are found.

Note: "Create Restore Point before removal" feature is not available on all versions of Windows.

How do I view Scan History?

To access the History screen, Select Settings in the top navigation menu and click the  History button in the left navigation menu.

Step 1.      The Activity History including program activities, events and scan results is displayed when you select History in the left pane.

Step 2.      Click the Save to File button at the bottom of the screen to create a log file.

Step 3.      Click Clear History to delete all logs.