Definition - What does Virus Scan mean?
A virus scan is the process of using anti-virus software to scan and identify viruses in a computing device.
It is an information security process that aims to review and identify threatening viruses and programs. It is the core feature of anti-virus software.
Techopedia explains Virus Scan
Virus scanning relies entirely on the strength of an anti-virus engine that uses a repository of descriptions of known viruses, malware and other malicious content. The anti-virus scanner primarily looks for a match between viruses from its virus database with the scanned data or files. Upon identification, the virus is sent to the anti-virus admin panel for automatic or user-approved deletion or removal.
Devices on which viruses can be scanned for include:
- Flash drives
- External storage
- Cloud infrastructure