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Scans when a PC is 'idle'

I am new to this forum having just gone back to Norton after a number of years. So forgive me if I get things wrong when using this Forum.

I have noticed that Norton informs you that various tasks are undertaken when the PC is idle. My question is that should 'Norton' be engaged, on say, a full scan, even a scheduled one, would it stop scanning if the PC started being used ? 



Re: Scans when a PC is 'idle'

Hi, enduser. Welcome. No, it would continue scanning.

I don't schedule my Full Scans, as I prefer to manually run one while I'm having lunch, and it's usually done by the time I get back !

Quick Scans occur after an update, but usually only take a minute or two.

If you don't want Norton to tie up your machine, you might want to manually run the full scan.

  1. In the Norton main window, double-click Security, and then click Scans.

  2. In the Scans window, under Scans and Tasks, click Custom Scan.

  3. Click Go.

  4. In the Scans window, in the Edit Scan column, click the edit icon next to Full System Scan.

  5. In the Edit Scan window, under When do you want the scan to run?, set the frequency and time at which you want the scan to run.

    Most of the frequency options include the additional options that you can use to refine the schedule. Set the additional options as required.

  6. Click Next.

  7. In the Scan Options tab, click Save.

In reality, it only needs to be run about once a month as the quick scans and Norton's other protection features cover the rest of the operation.

Hope that helps.

Windows 10 Home X 64

Re: Scans when a PC is 'idle'

Edit to above post, as it's been a while since I used the Idle scan function.. See peterweb's comment in the thread here.


I also found this, so please disregard my first sentence !

Your Norton product discontinues any idle scan that it started during idle time if you begin to use your PC again. However, it resumes the scan when your PC is idle again. You should always keep the Idle Scans option turned on to let your Norton product scan your PC when it becomes idle.

My other comments stand !

Windows 10 Home X 64

Re: Scans when a PC is 'idle'

l As I expected, thanks for the prompt replies[s]

With my previous AV programme I used to schedule a complete scan one a week, but perhaps I am getting paranoid !!


Re: Scans when a PC is 'idle'

Unless you are downloading a lot of content, or using torrents, you do not need to run full scans as often. With all the other layers of protection provided by Norton, your system is covered from anything that might  not be scanned by the Quick Scan. ALL files are scanned when they are accessed. That is why the default setting when you install Norton is the full scan every 30 days.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.

Re: Scans when a PC is 'idle'

OK, sounds good to me. Thanks.

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