McAfee VirusScan: Manually Scan Your Computer (Windows 7)

By default, the UD version of VirusScan will automatically scan your computer every Wednesday at about noon. If your computer is off at that time, or if you want to scan your computer more frequently, follow these instructions.

Any files that can be cleaned will be retained; any that cannot will be deleted. If for any reason you are unable to run a scan or if McAfee is unable to clean or delete the virus, scan your computer in Safe Mode.

  1. Temporarily disable System Restore:
    1. Right-click the Computer icon on your desktop, and then click Properties.
    2. Click System Protection on the left side of the window.
    3. Click Configure in the lower right of the window.
    4. Choose Turn off system protection.
    5. Click OK to close the window.
    6. When prompted Are you sure you want to turn off system protection on this drive? click Yes.
    7. Click OK.
  2. Run Disk Cleanup to delete your temporary files.
  3. Right-click the V-shield icon in the System Tray (in the bottom-right corner of your screen).
  4. Click VirusScan Console.
  5. When the window Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer? appears, click Yes.
  6. Right-click Full Scan.
  7. Click Start.
  8. VirusScan will take between five minutes and several hours to scan your computer, depending on the amount of data on your computer's drive(s).
    NOTE

    VirusScan will not scan encrypted files. You'll see the message File not scanned [The file is encrypted.].

  9. When the scan is complete, close VirusScan.
  10. To be sure that your computer is clean, restart your computer and follow steps 2–9 to scan your computer a second time.
  11. Re-enable System Restore:
    1. Right-click the Computer icon on your desktop, and then click Properties.
    2. Click System Protection on the left side of the window.
    3. Click Configure in the lower right of the screen.
    4. Choose Restore system settings and previous versions of files.
    5. Click OK.
    6. Click OK again.

Last updated 2/14/14