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    Default Should you scan all drives?

    Hello,

    When running a Spyware/Malware scan, should you select all drives on your system or do you only need to check the C drive? (operating system).
    I use MalwareBytes, Spyware Terminator, Super Antispyware and my Eset security suite.

    My main drive has 2 partitions C and D, but I also have an E drive and an external drive.

    Thanks for any advice,
    David

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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    Short answer - yes scan all drives.

    Long answer - It depends what is on the other HDs. If you only dump your holiday pics or other items that you know are safe from malware, there probably is no need for a scan. Dodgy downloaded files may need a scan.

    I do a deep thorough scan on Windows, Program Files and a few other folders that could be targets of malware. I skip folders where pics and films are kept since I know they are safe.
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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    Hell yes.
    Who knows what they contain?

    I've found viruses on peoples USB flash drives too.
    wipe your paws.

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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    Scan all drives if you have the time.

    Better to be safe than sorry


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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    If time is an issue you could use taskmanager to schedule scans while you can sleep. Or you could run a batch file. But yes I would scan all drives other than optical drives.

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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    Scanning everything isn't fun if you have 8-500g hdds and a <root> 40g too.

    If I start a scan at 10PM it's usually done by 6AM.

    I use Spybot and Windows for scans, and if something comes up, I also run HJT to make sure it's gone.


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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    One the best things is to use a firewall and antivirus so no nasties get on any drive. Oh and be careful about clicking on links and what you download. What are you scanning with Windows?

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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweep View Post
    What are you scanning with Windows?
    I am sitting behind a physical firewall (Belkin BEFSR41) and I run the Windows firewall. The "Windows" scanner I use is Defender.

    I know I get razzed about it, but it's Windows own security for it's own OPSYS, so what the hey!

    I don't click on anything without running it through several qualifiers first.

    Right click some and run a "Properties" card on them or whatever I feel like.

    I even opened a few that I really REALLY wanted by going to the "Way Back Machine" to see what they have for traffic and them doing it in a VM.

    Some pass muster - some don't.


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    Default Re: Should you scan all drives?

    Thanks all for the replies, I will now scan all drives to play safe.

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