Running Scans

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By default, scans run automatically every day, at about the same time you installed SecureAnywhere. For example, if you installed SecureAnywhere at 8 p.m., it always launches a scan around 8 p.m. Depending on the selections in your schedule, it will not disrupt your work, nor will it launch while you play games or watch a movie.

The default scan is referred to as a deep scan, which checks your entire computer for rootkits, trojans and other threats. During the scan, SecureAnywhere searches all areas where potential threats can hide, including drives, files, and system memory. It looks for items that match our threat definitions, match descriptions in our community database, or exhibit suspicious behavior. If SecureAnywhere detects a threat, it moves the item to quarantine where it is rendered inoperable. In quarantine, it can no longer harm your system or steal personal data.

If SecureAnywhere detects a potential threat, it displays an alert that prompts you to make a decision on whether you want to allow or block the item. If you aren't sure, we recommend that you block the item. For more information, see Managing Detected Threats.

This procedure describes the following:

  • How to view the latest scan results.
  • How to run a scan immediately.
Note: You can also run a scan from a remote location. For more information, see the SecureAnywhere Management Website User Guide.

To view the latest scan results:

  1. From the system tray, double-click the Webroot icon. 

    The main interface displays.


    The latest scan results display on the main panel.

Running Scans Immediately
Although scans run automatically, you can launch a scan at any time. An immediate scan might be necessary if you surfed a high-risk website such as networking, music, or adult entertainment, downloaded high-risk items such as screen savers, music, or games, or accidentally clicked on a suspicious pop-up advertisement. You can run a scan in one of two ways:
  • From the main panel.
  • From the system tray.

To use the main panel:

  1. Open SecureAnywhere.
  2. On the main panel, click the Scan My Computer button.

To use the system tray:

  1. From the system tray, right-click on the Webroot icon.

  2. From the pop-up menu, select Scan Now.

    If SecureAnywhere locates threats, it displays a window that guides you through the quarantine process. Items moved to quarantine are rendered inoperable. You do not need to delete them or do anything else. For more inforamiton, see Managing Quarantined Items.