I have a question regarding doing quick scans versus thorough scans with various security software.
The basic definition of a quick scan is that they ONLY scan the most likely places an infected (maleware) file is apt to be (as determined by the software’s developer), while a thorough scan usually does all the PC’s files.
The quick scan is considerably faster in the time it takes to finish (especially on large hard drives that have a good many files).
Has anyone ever seen any real world statistics type information of a thorough scan detecting an infected file that a quick scan would miss?
Interesting question Jack, I'll move this to the Virus Help section where it may attact the attention of more people who might know.
It's not a statistic I've never come across in 25yrs.
No doubt somebody, somewhere has it but I've not found it yet Likely folks that may have it would be VirusBulletin but you have to pay to get access to most of their good stuff and I haven't had access to an account there for a few years now.