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Customize and run a virus scan

Learn how to create and run a virus scan with AT&T Internet Security Suite powered by McAfee.


Create and run a virus scan

Choose your virus scan options

AT&T Internet Security Suite powered by McAfee allows you to scan your computer automatically or create and run your own virus scan.
If you select Let Me Choose (Windows) or Custom Scan (Mac) to run a virus scan, you can choose from the following options:
  • Location: The location to scan contains a list of files, folders, and drives that can be scanned. Select or deselect the items to be scanned or ignored.
  • All threats in all files: Use this option to thoroughly scan all file types. Uncheck All threats in all files to shorten the scanning time and allow checking of program files and documents only.
  • Unknown Viruses: Use this option to scan for new, potential viruses. This option uses advanced techniques that try to match files to the signatures of known viruses. This option provides the most thorough scan, but is generally slower than a normal scan.
  • Archive Files: Use this option to scan .zip and other compressed files. Sometimes virus authors plant viruses in a .zip file and insert the .zip file into another .zip to bypass anti-virus scanners. This scan can detect these viruses if you leave this option selected.
  • Spyware and Potential Threats: Use this option to detect spyware, adware, dialers, and other potentially unwanted applications. By default, this option is enabled for maximum protection.
  • Tracking Cookies: Cookies are small text files saved on your computer. Websites use cookies to identify users on subsequent visits for managing subscriptions, customizing preferences, and tracking interests.
  • Stealth Programs: Rootkits are programs that alter existing Microsoft Windows system files to escape detection. They can include spyware and other stealth programs that might create additional security or privacy dangers to your computer data and personal information.

Perform a manual virus scan

Set up a custom virus scan
To set up a virus scan that only targets specific locations, follow the steps below:
  1. Start Internet Security Suite.
  2. Select the padlock and enter your profile password.
  3. From the menu, select the location you want to scan.
  4. Select the plus sign (+) to add that location to the list.
  5. Repeat this process as many times as needed to add additional locations.

Perform a full virus scan
To manually start a full virus scan, follow the steps below:
  1. Start Internet Security Suite.
  2. On the top bar of the Internet Security Suite window, select the red M.
  3. Select McAfee Internet Security Console.
  4. In the left menu, select Full Scan for Windows or Custom Scan for Mac.
  5. Select Start to begin the scan.

Set up an automatic scan

Perform an automatic virus scan
Learn how to perform an automatic virus scan with AT&T Internet Security Suite powered by McAfee.

Schedule an automatic virus scan
Learn how to schedule a virus scan to run whenever you choose.

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