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How do I run a Computer scan? (5.x)


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If you suspect that your computer is infected (slow or abnormal behavior), a Computer scan should be performed to examine your computer for infiltrations. We recommend that a Computer scan be run at least twice a month, or more frequently for high-risk computers, as part of routine security measures. Regular scanning can protect your computer against the following:

  • Threats that were already present on your computer before your ESET security solution was installed.
  • Dormant, potentially harmful files on your system which may have been undetectable by older virus definitions.
  • Infections which occurred while the real-time scanner was disabled (possible only if turned off by the user).


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To run a Computer scan, follow the steps below:

  1. Open ESET Smart Security or ESET NOD32 Antivirus. How do I open my ESET product?
  2. Click Computer scan → Smart scan to initiate the Computer scan.

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  3. Upon completion, a summary window showing the number of scanned, infected, and cleaned objects will be displayed. Click OK to return to the main program window. To view detailed results of the Computer scan log, continue to step 4.


    If a threat was detected during your Computer scan and you are unable to resolve it, please click the appropriate article below for step-by-step instructions:

  4. Click Tools → Log files.

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  5. Select Computer scan from the Log drop-down menu.

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  6. Double-click the line representing the most recently completed scan. A new Computer scan window will appear, showing the scan log details.

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