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Running an immediate scan

Although scans run automatically, you can launch a scan at any time. An immediate scan might be necessary if you surfed a high-risk website (networking, music, or adult entertainment), downloaded high-risk items (screen savers, music, or games), or accidentally clicked on a suspicious pop-up advertisement.

You can scan for threats by doing either of the following:

  • If the main interface is closed, right-click the System Tray icon TrayClean.jpg and select Scan Now. This launches a Deep scan, which looks for all types of malware in every area.


  • If the main interface is open, click Scan My Computer from the Overview panel. This launches a Deep scan, which looks for all types of malware in every area.


  • To target an area for scanning, open Windows Explorer and right-click on the file, folder, or drive. From the pop-up menu, select Scan with Webroot.


You can also run a quick memory scan or a customized scan. For instructions, see Running a custom scan.

If Webroot SecureAnywhere locates a threat, it displays information about what it found. To remove a threat, make sure its checkbox is selected and click Next to continue.


Threats are moved to quarantine, where they are rendered inoperable. You do not need to delete them or do anything else. If you want to view quarantined items, click PC Security, the Quarantine tab, then the View Quarantine button. For more information, see Managing quarantined items.

When a threat is removed, Webroot SecureAnywhere launches a follow-up scan to make sure your system is clean.