Specifying scan options

These options apply to on-demand scans and on-access scans. These options do not apply to contextual (i.e., select item and right-click) scans.

To specify virus scan options:

  1. Select COMPUTER | Anti-virus & Anti-Spyware, then click Settings, then click Advanced Settings.
  2. Under Virus Management, select Scan Options.
  3. Select your desired settings, then click OK.

Skip if the object is greater than

This option improves scan time without increasing risk, as virus files are usually smaller than 8 MB. While large files ignored by the scan may contain viruses, these viruses can still be caught by on-access scanning, assuming you have on-access enabled.

Enter a maximum object size in the MB field.

Enable riskware*

Warns you about programs that could potentially be a security risk if accessed or controlled by hackers. Riskware includes common programs, such as chat and web downloader programs, that are known to have security vulnerabilities. They be used to cause damage or steal information. When riskware is detected, ZoneAlarm asks your permission to let it run.*

Enable cpChecker

Optimizes performance by minimizing scanning according to rules that leverage prior scan data. Works on limited file sizes and formats. Most efficient when cpSwift is also enabled.

Enable cpSwift

Optimizes performance by minimizing scanning according to rules that leverage prior scan data. Works on any file formats, sizes, and types. Most efficient when cpChecker is also enabled.

Enable ADS scanning

Scans alternative data streams (ADS), which can sometimes hide malware in otherwise benign files.

Enable heuristics scanning

Scans files for specific information or characteristics associated with malware. Adds another layer of security by detecting viruses or spyware not yet known to virus signature databases.

Enable mailbox scanning

Scans mailbox files (such as the.pst and .ost data files from Microsoft Outlook) during system-wide anti-virus scans.

Assume Microsoft files are safe

Prevents false positive results by assuming files signed by Microsoft are safe.

Enable automatic treatment

Automatically attempts to treat files that contain viruses. If a file cannot be treated, it's placed in Quarantine so that it cannot harm your computer.

Note: Web and Email scanning always operate in automatic treatment mode. You cannot disable automatic treatment for Web and Email scanning.

*Other programs that may be detected as riskware include: remote administration programs, FTP servers, proxy servers, password recovery tools, monitoring programs, automatic dialing programs, telnet servers, Web servers, computer tools, network tools, peer-to-peer client programs, SMTP clients, Web toolbars, and known fraudulent programs. Of these types of programs, only those known for security vulnerabilities will be detected as riskware.

See Also

Customizing virus protection options

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