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Scanning Your Computer With McAfee Security Center in Windows 8
Last Updated: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 > Related Articles
Learn how to scan for viruses, set automatic updates and manage firewall settings in Windows 8.
What is McAfee Security Console?
The Security Console on your computer desktop is part of your free Cox Security Suite Powered by McAfee®. It is a powerful security solution that allows you to monitor the security status on their computer and to know instantly whether virus, spyware, email, and firewall protection services are up-to-date.
How can it help me?
You can use this tool to set up a virus detection schedule that suits your needs. To begin, double-click the McAfee Security Console icon in your task bar or on your desktop.
For additional help with any Security Console feature visit the McAfee Community. Click Home and Home Office, then under Communities on the left, click Security Console.
From the Security Console, click Real-Time Scanning and choose one of the three available options, as shown below.
To run a Quick or Full scan, click one of the first two options and Security Suite automatically begins scanning your computer. Once complete it will report any issues it finds, as shown below.
Running a custom scan allows you to choose more advanced settings. To run a Custom scan:
- Under Customize Your Scan, choose the locations, threat types, and file types you want to scan.
- Click Scan.
By default, McAfee performs a scheduled scan at 4 a.m. once a week, but you can modify the schedule to fit your needs. The option Scan using minimal resources is checked by default but you can disable it to increase the speed of the scheduled scan.
Another option, Start scan only when the PC is plugged in, allows you to conserve battery power if your computer is plugged in at the time of a scheduled scan.
To schedule your scan, do the following:
- Click Real Time Scanning.
- Choose Schedule a Scan.
- Choose the desired scheduling options.
- Click Apply.
Exclude Files and Folders
You can exclude a file or folder so that McAfee does not check it for threats during your custom or scheduled scan. Whenever you want to include the item in your scan you can remove it from your list of excluded files and folders. This allows you to run a custom or scheduled scan and check that item for threats.
To exclude a file or folder, complete the following steps:
- Click Add file or Add folder
- When the Open dialog box displays, navigate to the desired file or folder.
- Click the Apply button.
Just as you would for the custom scan, you can choose the items you want to scan during each scheduled scan, as shown below.
Note: The following table provides a detailed description of each option found under each setting type.
|Attachments and Locations|
|Removable Media Drive|
Start Up Settings
Complete the following to perform a scan on startup.
Click one of the options, as shown below.
Note: To turn off a scheduled scan click the Turn Off button at the top of the dialog box.