It can seem like a bad tradeoff: quick malware scans can sometimes miss things, but thorough scans can take hours and seriously slow your system.
The solution? Combine the two scan types so you’re extremely well protected and you don’t lose productivity.
Seeking an alternative to standard AV scans
Peter Zabierek is frustrated by the time most anti-malware software takes to scour his system.
- “I’d like an article on how to use ‘fine-tooth comb’ utilities to remove a virus, so that you don’t have to wait for a scanner to finish.”
I understand where you’re coming from, Peter. AV scans can be a pain — the process can take hours on large hard drives with lots of software. It can also seriously bog down your machine while it’s running.
But the best malware authors are extremely clever. They’re able to hide their malicious code almost anywhere on your hard drive and disguise their malware as innocent software — even as part of the operating system. So there’s no practical shortcut to finding viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and other types of infections.
The only way to truly ensure that a system is completely malware-free is to scan every single file.