Running Scans

Scans run automatically every day, at about the same time you installed SecureAnywhere. For example, if you installed SecureAnywhere at 8 p.m., the system always launches a scan around 8 p.m. It will not disrupt your work, nor will it launch while you play games or watch a movie. During scans, 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.

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 from the menu bar or from the main window.

This topic contains the following procedures:

To view scan results:

  1. Open the SecureAnywhere interface by clicking the Webroot icon in the menu bar, then, from the drop-down menu, select Open Webroot SecureAnywhere.

    The scan statistics display in the middle of the Protected window.

To run a scan from the menu bar:

  1. From the menu bar, click the Webroot icon.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click Scan My Computer.

    If SecureAnywhere locates threats, it opens a window that guides you through the quarantine process. For more information, see Managing Detected Threats.

To run a scan from the main window:

  1. Open the SecureAnywhere interface by clicking the Webroot icon in the menu bar, then, from the drop-down menu, select Open Webroot SecureAnywhere.
  2. Click the Scan My Computer button.

    If SecureAnywhere locates threats, it opens a window that guides you through the quarantine process. For more information, see Managing Detected Threats.