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Hi,
im using windows xp sp2. my question is: is there a way to set the pc to scan every download from the internet using my antivirus (mcafee) automatically?

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No, not as you download them, they have to be on your PC in order for the scanner to check them. But the on-access scanner will prevent you from running or opening any infected files anyway, so that's as good as what you're suggesting. You can also set up a daily schedule to scan your system. In any event, you shouldn't rely totally on automatic virus-checking, convenient as it may be. I always use the right-click "scan for viruses" option on every download I get.

Edited by pip22, 19 February 2007 - 12:00 PM.

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how about using a download manager will it be possible then? i scan every download as well....but this way it will be so much easier.
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I don't know about McAfee but Avast can do that. Lately I replaced AVG with Avast for a number of reasons. One of the most important was that I was looking for an antivirus that can block infected files before they enter the computer. AVG could do this with .exe files but couldn't with compressed files. Avast can do both. I tried to download with Limewire some compressed files that you could tell immediately that they are infected. None passed Avast.
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thanks for your advise.
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