I’m regularly asked how often I scan my primary personal machine for malware. The answer is – as part of a layered security approach
, I have a formal schedule which I stick to without fail.
Once a day, I quick scan
the system drive with both Microsoft Security Essentials
, and Malwarebytes’ Antimalware
– making sure the databases are updated and current.
Running a quick scan with both these applications, takes less than 5 minutes. For example: Malwarebytes’ – 150,000 objects – 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Microsoft Security Essentials – 30,000 items – 1 minute and 18 seconds.
Much of today’s malware though, can be extremely difficult to identify and remove
– despite a user relying on frontline antimalware applications to do the job. So, I don’t see any advantage in running full scans on a live system – instead, once a week I run a Linux-based antimalware application (a live CD), which scans from the outside looking in. Malware generally can’t hide if it’s not