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In this area you can find information on when your computer was last checked for virus infections and whether the virus monitor is currently giving you active protection against infections.

Last idle scan

This is where you can see when your computer was last fully checked for viruses. If this entry is highlighted in red, you should run a virus check as soon as possible. To do so, just click on the entry and start the checking process by pressing the Check computer button. After the scan, the entry is highlighted in green, meaning that the virus check was run sufficiently recently.

How precisely a virus check runs and what you should do if you actually find a virus can be read in the section: What happens during a virus check?

The idle scan will launch automatically during periods in which your computer is inactive. In this way it will run a check on the entire computer at automatically determined intervals. If you want to launch the idle scan before the next automatically determined date, please select Start idle scan now. If you do not want the G Data software to automatically launch the idle scan during breaks in work, you can also disable this function under Disable idle scan.

Warning: When doing so please be ensured that you regularly check your computer for virus attacks and other infections!

Virus monitor

The virus monitor should always be active. If you would like to switch off the monitor or would like to change something in the settings, click the entry Disable virus monitor.

Virus check & Virus monitor: Both functions are used to protect your computer against infections, but have different approaches in doing so.

The virus monitor continuously checks your computer for viruses; it controls read and write operations, and as soon as a program attempts to execute malware or spread malicious files it prevents it from doing so. The virus monitor is your most important protection! It should never be switched off.

The virus check is an additional protection. It checks whether a virus has found its way onto your system after all. A virus check would also detect viruses that were copied onto your computer before you installed the G Data software or that you picked up while the virus monitor was disabled. A virus check should take place at regular intervals, preferably automatically, at times when your computer is not needed. This can either be done manually or according to a schedule via the Check computer function, or automatically via the idle scan.

Dropdown menu

If you click on the Virus protection header, a choice of actions that can be carried out directly from here is displayed.

Check computer: If you want to check your computer independently of the automatic scan (e.g. because you currently have a suspected virus), just click on this entry. Your computer will now be checked for viruses. Please also refer to the section entitled: What happens during a virus check.

Check memory and Startup: Here the program files and DLLs (program libraries) for all running processes will be checked. In this way malware can be directly removed from the memory and autostart area. Active viruses can be directly removed without searching through the entire hard drive. Since this check can be done relatively quickly, it is recommended that it is performed regularly (e.g. as part of an automatic virus check). This function, however, is not a replacement for regular virus control of saved data, but rather an extension to it.

Check directories/files: This enables you to scan selected drives, directories or files for viruses. If you click on this action, a directory and file selection dialogue will open. You can scan specific individual files or entire directories for viruses here.

In the directory tree, you can open and select directories by clicking on the plus symbols. Their contents will then be shown in the file view. Each directory or file that you mark with a check will be scanned by the software. If not all files in a directory are checked, this directory is marked with a grey checkmark.

Check removable media: Use this function to check CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs, memory cards or USB sticks for viruses. If you click on this option, all removable media connected to your computer will be checked (including CDs in the tray, inserted memory cards, hard drives connected via USB or USB sticks). Please note that the software cannot of course remove viruses from media that do not have write access (e.g. burned CD-ROMs). In this case, virus discoveries are logged.

Check for rootkits: Rootkits attempt to evade conventional virus detection methods. You can use this function to specifically search for rootkit viruses, without checking all the hard drives and saved data.

Disable idle scan: The virus monitor permanently protects your system against malware infections, whereas the idle scan is an intelligent virus checker that keeps checking all files on your computer to see whether they have been infected with a virus. The idle scan only ever works like a screensaver when you do not need your computer for a while, and immediately stops again as soon as you resume work, ensuring optimal performance for you.

Of course, your computer continues to be protected from virus attacks by the virus monitor, even when the idle scan is disabled. This can for example be useful if you prefer to start a virus check on your system manually.

Disable virus monitor: You can use this to disable and re-enable the virus monitor as required. This may be advisable if, for example, you are copying large volumes of data from one part of your hard drive to another or running memory-intensive processes (such as copying DVDs, etc.).

You should only disable the virus monitor for as long as is absolutely necessary. Ensure as far as possible during this time that the system is not connected to the Internet and cannot access unchecked data (e.g. on CDs, DVDs, memory cards or USB sticks).

Quarantine: Quarantine is a secure area in the software where infected files are encrypted and stored so they cannot transfer the virus to any other files. Please read about this in the section: How does the quarantine work?

Settings: You can use this button to access basic settings options if necessary. Please read about this in the section entitled: Settings – AntiVirus