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lnerenbu
Level 9

Why does a scheduled virus scan always scan networked drives

I have 2 machines networked and both run 24 X 7 with each having it's own scheduled scan three times a week.  Both are 2.4 ghz processor machines (one is dual core) and both have 3-4 gb DDR2 ram. I notice that they take 5 or 6 hours to scan and see that they are scanning each other's drives.  If I do a manual scan I can choose to exclude (networked) drives.  With scheduled scans I don't seem to have this option.  It is unnecessary and is just, along with taking way too much time and hogging the CPU to the point of bringing the machine to it's knees, wearing out hard disk drives.

Real-time scanning allows you to exclude networked drives.

Is there a way to exclude networked drives for scheduled scans?

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Why does a scheduled virus scan always scan networked drives

It's something we have been asking for but unfortunately there is no way of restricting a scheduled scan as one can with a manual one.

It will scan anything it finds, so best disconnect from the network when the scan is in progress or, if that's not possible, scrap the scheduled scan and just do a manual one.

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lnerenbu
Level 9

Re: Why does a scheduled virus scan always scan networked drives

My scans run in the middle of the night so as to have minimal impact.  Finding them still running at 7 AM, when they started at 1 AM, is disconcerting.

I guess, if I am online on scan nights, remembering to do a lock down of the firewall might help.  Alternatively, I could schedule a script to run to disconnect network drives prior to the scans.  (and another one to reconnect afterwards).  I'll give that a try.  Thanks.

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Why does a scheduled virus scan always scan networked drives

Good idea...all the best.

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