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Scan profiles

There are 4 pre-defined scan profiles in ESET Internet Security:

Smart scan—This is the default advanced scanning profile. The Smart scan profile uses Smart Optimization technology, which excludes files that were found to be clean in a previous scan and have not been modified since that scan. This allows for lower scan times with a minimal impact to system security.

Context menu scan—You can start an on-demand scan of any file from the context menu. The Context menu scan profile enables you to define a scan configuration that will be used when you trigger the scan this way.

In-depth scan—The In-depth scan profile does not use Smart optimization by default, so no files are excluded from scanning using this profile.

Computer scan—This is the default profile used in the standard computer scan.

Your preferred scan parameters can be saved for future scanning. We recommend that you create a different profile (with various scan targets, scan methods and other parameters) for each regularly used scan.

To create a new profile, open the Advanced setup window (F5) and click Detection engine > Malware scans > On-demand scan > List of profiles. The Profile manager window includes the Selected profile drop-down menu that lists existing scan profiles and the option to create a new one. To help you create a scan profile to fit your needs, see the ThreatSense engine parameters setup section for a description of each parameter of the scan setup.


Suppose that you want to create your own scan profile and the Scan your computer configuration is partially suitable, but you do not want to scan runtime packers or potentially unsafe applications and you also want to apply Always remedy detection. Type the name of your new profile in the Profile manager window and click Add. Select your new profile from the Selected profile drop-down menu and adjust the remaining parameters to meet your requirements, and then click OK to save your new profile.