BullGuard Help

Antivirus and Antispyware > Scan For Viruses

Running a full system scan

The user can start scanning the computer either from the BullGuard interface -using the scan buttons from the Main and Antivirus sections - or through the Scan with BullGuard option in the right click menu.


When installing a security application, it is usually recommended to scan the computer for any possible threats. All BullGuard scan activities are based on specific profiles defining which locations and what file types need to be scanned and how to deal with possible infections.

As soon as BullGuard is installed on the computer, the application will recommend a full system scan to ensure a virus-free environment.

Scan for Viruses

The Scan for Viruses button from both the Main and Antivirus sections will run a full system scan using the computer profile. Any virus scan run on a regular basis will increase computer security and minimize infection risk.

To run a specific profile, the user will need to go to the Antivirus profiles tab where all the scan profiles are kept. To start the scan, either double click the desired profile or right click it, then choose the "Run profile" option.

 Scan time

Note that the scan time will depend on the selected profile, on general computer performance and on the amount of files to be scanned. Also, it is recommended to let BullGuard finish the scan before performing any CPU intensive tasks on the computer. If no threats were detected, BullGuard will display a message accordingly. Click on the "Finish" button to close the window or on "View log" to browse through the scan summary.

If no threats were detected, BullGuard will display a message accordingly. Click on the Finish button to close the window or on View log to browse through the scan summary.

If the scan found infections on your computer, the results window will display all infected files. For more details, click on any of the summary lines in order to expand it.

BullGuard will attempt to disinfect or move the infection to Quarantine. Quarantining the file also guarantees that the file will not be deleted in case it was a 'false positive' detection case. If the first two actions fail, the application will try to physically delete the file from the hard drive.

The "Delete on reboot" option allows BullGuard to schedule the file deletion during the Windows boot-up sequence. This feature comes into play when infected files are in use by system processes preventing both the user and the Antivirus engine from deleting the file.

The Contextual scan menu refers to the integration of BullGuard On Demand scan in the Windows right click menu. This feature can be used on files, folders or drives.

When used, it will perform a full scan of the selected target. The scan interface is similar to the On Demand scans. It is a time saving option for on-the-fly scans. If an entire drive is selected, BullGuard will perform a full scan of the drive. Note that the total scan time will depend on the size and file types of the selected item.