Kaspersky Endpoint Security 12 for Windows

Background scan

July 8, 2024

ID 178480

Background scan is a scan mode of Kaspersky Endpoint Security that does not display notifications for the user. Background scan requires less computer resources than other types of scans (such as a full scan). In this mode, Kaspersky Endpoint Security scans startup objects, the boot sector, system memory, and the system partition.

To conserve computer resources, it is recommended to use a background scan task instead of a full scan task. This will not affect the security level of the computer. These tasks have the same scan scope. To optimize the load on the computer, the application does not run a Full Scan task and a Background Scan task at the same time. If you have already ran a Full Scan task, Kaspersky Endpoint Security will not start a Background Scan task for seven days after the Full Scan task is completed.

A background scan is started in the following cases:

  • After an anti-virus database update.
  • 30 minutes after Kaspersky Endpoint Security is started.
  • Every six hours.
  • When the computer is idling for five minutes or more (the computer is locked or the screensaver is on).

Background scan when the computer is idling is interrupted when any of the following conditions are true:

  • The computer went into active mode.

    If the background scan has not been run for more than ten days, the scan is not interrupted.

  • The computer (laptop) has switched to battery mode.

When performing a background scan, Kaspersky Endpoint Security does not scan files whose contents are located in OneDrive cloud storage.

How to enable background scanning in the Administration Console (MMC)

How to enable background scanning in the Web Console and Cloud Console

How to enable background scanning in the application interface

See also: Managing the application via the local interface

Enabling and disabling File Threat Protection

Automatic pausing of File Threat Protection

Scanning compound files

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