On-Demand Scan

The On-Demand Scan task lets you manually run a scan on the client computer (separate from a regular scheduled scan).


Enter basic information about the task, such as the Name and optional Description. Task Category and Task Type are pre-selected based on your previous choice. The Task Type (see the list of all Client Tasks) defines the settings and the behavior for the task.


Shutdown computer after scan - If you select this check box, the computer will shut down after scanning is finished.

Scan profile

You can select the profile you want from the drop-down menu:

In-Depth Scan - This is a pre-defined profile on the client, it is configured to be the most thorough scan profile and checks the whole system but also requires the most time and resources.

Smart Scan - Smart scan allows you to quickly launch a computer scan and clean infected files with no need for user intervention. The advantage of Smart scan is that it is easy to operate and does not require detailed scanning configuration. Smart scan checks all files on local drives and automatically cleans or deletes detected infiltrations. The cleaning level is automatically set to the default value.

Scan From Context Menu - Scans a client using a pre-defined scan profile, you can customize the scan targets.

Custom Profile - Custom scan lets you specify scanning parameters such as scan targets and scanning methods. The advantage of a Custom scan is the ability to configure the parameters in detail. Configurations can be saved to user-defined scan profiles, which make it easy to repeat the scan using the same parameters. A profile must be created prior to running the task with the custom profile option. Once you select a custom profile from the drop-down menu, type the exact name of the profile into the Custom profile field.


By default, Scan With Cleaning is selected. This setting enables automatic cleaning of the found infected objects. If this is not possible, they will be quarantined.

Scan Targets

The option Scan All Targets is also selected by default. Using this setting, all targets specified in the scan profile are scanned. If you deselect this option, you need to manually specify scan targets in the Add Target field. Type the scan target into the text field and click Add. The target will be displayed in the Scan targets field below. A scan target can be a file, location or you can run a pre-defined scan using any of the following strings as a Scan target:

Scan target

Scanned locations


All removable drives and devices.


Boot sectors of all removable drives.


Hard drives (HDD, SSD).


Boot sectors of hard drives.


Network drives.


All available drives.


Boot sectors of all drives.


System drives.


Shared drives (only for server products).


Main boot sector.


Operating memory.


System Registry (only for ESET Endpoint 8 and later).


WMI database (only for ESET Endpoint 8 and later).

light-bulbEXAMPLE: Scan targets

Below are some examples of how to use On-Demand Scan target parameters:

File: C:\Users\Data.dat

Folder C:\MyFolder

Unix path or file /usr/data

Windows UNC location \\server1\scan_folder

Pre-defined string ${Memory}


Review the summary of configured settings and click Finish. The Client Task is now created and a pop-up window will open. We recommend that you click Create Trigger to specify when this Client Task should be executed and on what Targets. If you click Close, you can create a Trigger later. To create a trigger afterward, select the client task instance and select Run on from the drop-down menu.