Specific Files or Folders Scan

The Specific files or folders scan is a predefined feature that will scan anything in your computer you wish. It can be launched on demand at any time.


If you only need to scan one item (file, folder, removable media), it is usually much easier to use the Shell Extension Scan.


How to scan specific files or folders

Navigate to AVG Main Screen -> Main Menu Tools -> Scan selected folder…

How to specify items to be scanned

In the displayed tree, expand items by clicking the plus node until you find the folder you wish to scan. You can select multiple folders by checking the respective boxes. The selected folders will appear in the text field on the top of the dialog, and the drop-down menu will keep your selected scans history for later use.

Alternatively, you can enter full path to the desired folder manually (if you enter multiple paths, it is necessary to separate with semi-colons without extra space).

Special locations to scan, branch Other

· System drive – the harddrive on which the operating system is installed (usually C:)
· System folder – Windows/System32
· Temporary Files folder – Documents and Settings/User/Local Settings/Temp
· Temporary Internet Files – Documents and Settings/User/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files


If you wish to scan a folder without subfolders, you only have to enter a minus sign “-” in front of the path in the text field. E.g. -C:\Program Files\ will scan only  contents of the Program Files folder, and no subfolders.

To exclude specific subfolders from the scan, you can use exclamation mark “!” E.g. C:\;!C:\Windows will scan disk C:\ except the Windows folder.


Additional options

In the bottom part of the dialog, you can set the scan priority on the slider. The following levels are available:

· User sensitive – flexible resource usage; the scan will detect your activity on the computer, and use slow scanning with low resource usage while you are working so that you do not experience any system slow down. Whenever you leave the computer, the scanning will accelerate so that it uses effectively available system resources you do not need at the moment. Recommended option.
· Low priority – low resource usage; the scan will take relatively long time but other processes and applications should not be affected in any way.
· Medium priority – medium resource usage.
· High p
– high resource usage; the scan will have bigger priority over other processes, so system performance might be slower but the scan will be very fast.


How to modify the scan settings

AVG Main Screen -> select Scan options on the left shortcut panel -> under Scan specific files or folders, click the Change scan settings option.

Specific Files or Folders Scan