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Scan for Viruses in Windows

for windows computers

Note: The initial scan of your computer may take a long time to complete.

On-Demand Scan

To manually scan your computer for viruses using McAfee VirusScan Enterprise:

  1. In your system tray (bottom-right corner of your screen), right-click the VirusScan icon Task Bar Icon, then click Scan Computer for > Threats from the pop-up menu. Note: You may need to expand the system tray by clicking the arrow to see the icon.
  2. In the On-Demand Scan window, select All Local Drives , then click Start.
    McAfee VirusScan will scan all your files for viruses.
  3. If no viruses are found, close all McAfee VirusScan windows (see Figure 1).
Figure 1.
Figure 1.
  1. If a virus, spyware, or adware is found, VirusScan attempts to delete it. Depending upon the results of this, one of the following happens:
    • The infected is deleted; you do not need to do anything else. Your computer is no longer infected.
    • The infected file cannot be deleted, so the file is moved to the C:/Quarantine folder. Delete the file from the Quarantine folder: Within the VirusScan window, right-click the file name and click Delete (see Figure 2).
Figure 2.
Figure 2.
  • The infected file cannot be deleted and it cannot be moved to the C:/Quarantine folder. To get rid of it:

Important: Some viruses can damage files so that they are unusable. In this instance, your file is already beyond repair. VirusScan cleans the file, but may not be able to save it. This is where back-ups come in handy. Learn more about the options for storing your documents and files at Boston College.

Important: Do not use periods when naming your files! Outlook moves messages with attachments that have 2 or more periods in the name (For example: notes.04.01.20.doc) to the Junk E-mail folder. To prevent this, do not use periods when naming your files, and also remind people that send you attachments not to use periods.

  1. If necessary, repeat steps 1-2 for other drives or disks. Make sure to scan all your computer's drives, files, and memory.
  2. When all scanning is done, close all McAfee VirusScan windows.

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