BullGuard Desktop Protection

Find all the help you need with detailed guides to the different aspects of BullGuard protection

Scan for viruses


After installing one of our security application, it’s recommended that you scan your computer for any possible threats.


All BullGuard scan activities are based on specific profiles defining which locations and what file types need to be scanned and how to deal with possible infections.


You can start scanning your computer anytime, in one of two ways:


  • from the BullGuard interface – using the (...) drop down from the Antivirus section and selecting an appropriate scanning profile


  • through the Scan with BullGuard option in the right click menu of each file, folder or drive (also known as a contextual menu scan)






Scan for viruses

Within the BullGuard application, you can make BullGuard scan your computer for threats in two ways:


  • In the main application screen, click the (...) button from the Antivirus box and then click on an Antivirus Profile of your choice.






  • Within the Antivirus Settings section > Advanced mode section, click on Manage Profiles, select one of the profiles, click on the drop-down button and choose Execute



Quick scan: this scan profile will check the locations on your PC that are most likely to be targeted by viruses. It will check for rootkits and scan the registry, all the running processes and the temporary files stored on your computer.


Full scan: this is a complete profile that will scan all files on all hard drives. The time it takes to do this depends on your computer’s performance, the number of storage devices you use, file types and how much data you have stored.


Custom scans: if you have created profiles for specific scan tasks, they will appear in the Antivirus More Actions drop-down (...) and in the Manage Profiles section, for easy execution. To learn how to create custom Antivirus profiles, click here.


Scan time

Note that the scan time will depend on the selected profile, on general computer performance and the amount of files to be scanned. Also, we recommend you let BullGuard finish the scan before performing any CPU intensive tasks on the computer, as this will affect scan times considerably.



Contextual menu scans

The Contextual menu scan refers to the integration of BullGuard On Demand scan in the Windows right click menu. This feature can be used on files, folders or drives and works as a time-saving option for on-the-fly scans.






When used, it will perform a full scan of the selected target. The scan interface is similar to the On Demand scans. If an entire drive is selected, BullGuard will perform a full scan of the drive. Note that the total scan time will depend on the size and file types of the selected item.


Scan results


All clear: if no threats were detected, BullGuard will display no message since no action is required. You can however, click on View report to browse through the scan summary.






Infections found: if the scan found infections on your computer, the results window will display all infected files. For more details, click on the Found x issues line.


BullGuard will try to disinfect or move the infected files to Quarantine. Quarantining a file guarantees that it will not be deleted in case it was a 'false-positive' detection case.






Found 1 issue(s): opens the scan summary so you can view all detected items.


Cancel: closes the scan results window.


Fix: attempts to fix the infections found during the scan.


Issues fixed by the Antivirus: once you click Fix, BullGuard will attempt to remove infections from your computer. If successful, the scan results window will tell you the operation succeeded and show you how many items where fixed from the issues detected by the scan.






View log: opens the scan log where you can review items that were detected and removed by BullGuard.


Close: closes the scan results window.


Remove on reboot option: allows BullGuard to schedule the file deletion during the Windows boot-up sequence. This feature comes into play when infected files are in use by system processes, preventing you and the Antivirus engine from deleting them.






View log: allows you to see the items detected by BullGuard and the infections that were fixed or scheduled for deletion during the next reboot.


Restart: restarts your computer to allow BullGuard to physically remote the infections from your PC.


Close: closes the scan results window and cancels the issue fixing process.

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