How do I create a scheduled scan? (5.x)

KB Solution ID: SOLN2765|Last Revised: March 25, 2015


  • Schedule a weekly in-depth scan of your system (recommended)


Video tutorial

  1. Open ESET Smart Security or ESET NOD32 Antivirus. How do I open my ESET product?
  2. Click Tools Scheduler.

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  3. Click Add.

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  4. Select Computer scan from the Scheduled task drop-down menu and click Next.

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  5. Enter a name for the task (for example, 'Weekly Scan'), select the desired frequency ('Weekly' is recommended) and then click Next.

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  6. Specify the time of the scheduled scan. To minimize the chance that a scan will be interrupted, it is best to choose a time when users will be away from the computer (2:00 AM in the example below). Click Next.

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  7. Specify an alternate time for the task In the event that it does not run at the scheduled time (for example, if the computer is off). To prevent instances of the same tasks from running on top of each other, we recommend that you select Run the task immediately if the time since its last execution exceeds specified interval. Click Next.

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  8. Review the task settings and click Finish.
  9. Select In-depth scan from the Scan profile drop-down menu.
  10. Select the check box next to Computer (recommended) and click OK to finish.

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  11. The scheduled scan you created will appear in the Scheduler window. From this point forward, it will run at the time and frequency you configured. If the computer is in “sleep” mode or other power-saving state, the scan will not occur. The computer must be fully powered on.

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