Your security software gives real-time protection against threats as they emerge, but regular system scans are vital.
Most security suites are configured to perform a scan once a week.
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Your security software should be set to check for updates at least once a day; this will already be the default setting for most current security programs, although it’s worth investigating your program’s settings to make sure this is the case.
If you’re in any doubt, and think that there might be a virus on your computer, then most security software suites or antivirus programs allow you to do an on-the-spot update to check for the latest threats.
Some viruses can even lock away your own information with a password that you don’t know!
If you have any sort of sensitive, valuable or private information on your computer (which most people do) it is vital to make sure that you are protected against the most recent viruses.