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Active Scan vs.Full Scan

Created: 08 Jan 2010 • Updated: 21 May 2010 | 5 comments
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Maybe a silly question but I can't find it anywhere...

Can someone please tell me the differences between Active Scan and Full Scan?

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Looked in Help, on the net, on the forum, can't find it : /

Many thanks,
Vic

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quickvic's picture

By the way, I can guess what Full scan do (scan every single file on the HDD)

What I really want to know is how EXACTLY active scan works, what does it scan (changed files?)

Vikram Kumar-SAV to SEP's picture

 Active scan - Scans common loadpoints ( like startup files, few registry entries,C:\Windows, Temp and User Profile ) and memory. Its is a scan which normally takes 2-5 minutes

Active Scan

Scans the memory and other common infection locations on the computer for viruses and security risks.

Full Scan

Scans the entire computer for viruses and security risks, such as adware and spyware. Use this scan to look in the boot sector, in the programs that are loaded into memory, and in all files and folders. A password may be required to scan network drives.

Custom Scan

Scan only the files and directories that you specify.

Vikram Kumar

Symantec Consultant

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quickvic's picture

Thanks Vikram, sorry to hammer you with questions like that, I'm almost done :)

justin_g's picture

Per the Help files, an Active Scan "Scnas the memory and other common infection locations on this computer for viruses and security risks."

When I run it, it mostly hits .dll's, and .sys files, plus a few .exe.  Scans the root of C: and a few registry keys.  It takes about 3 minutes and seems to scan the same things every time.

HTH.  Maybe a Symantec Tech can provide more specifics. 

Vikram Kumar-SAV to SEP's picture

One more definition of Active Scan

 Active Scan: Scans the system memory and all the common virus and security risk locations on the computer quickly. The scan includes all processes that run in memory, important registry files, and files such as config.sys and windows.ini. It also includes some critical operating system folders.

Vikram Kumar

Symantec Consultant

The most helpful part of entire Symantec connect is the Search button..do use it.