Add a security manager full scan task

Security Manager scan tasks enable you to perform security scans on selected devices. A Full Scan checks the entire system for all types of malware threatening its security, such as viruses, spyware, adware, rootkits and others. AV Defender automatically tries to disinfect files detected with malware. In case malware cannot be removed, it is contained in quarantine, where it cannot do any harm. Suspicious files are ignored. If you want to take action on suspicious files as well, or if you want other default actions for infected files, then run a Custom Scan.

If you use filters for a task, N-able N-central uses a snapshot of the filter for the targeted devices to include in the task. This avoids potential unexpected behavior when running tasks in the future. If you need to apply a task to devices, it is best to use a scheduled task profile. This enables a task to apply to the devices using a rule.

This type of scan can take action when security threats are detected.

Scan tasks at the device level are only available if Security Manager | AV Defender is installed on the device.

Best Practices

  • Bitdefender recommends running a Full Scan on all machines at least once a week. Depending on the hardware of the machines and their usage, it is best to have this process occur during off-hours.
  • When a Full scan is finished, Bitdefender's antivirus engines (real-time scanning) do not typically scan twice in the same location (unless Aggressive settings are chosen). The program knows not to look twice in the same spots, as it marks all checked items. Moreover, it can also tell when previously-checked objects have changed, so as to only check those which do need to be looked at.
  • When AV Defender is running a Full System Scan, it is normal to have a slowdown. When planning a Full Scan, you should add exclusions for folders, processes and paths for programs that you do not want to be scanned. If the workstation has multiple network shared drives attached and the option "Automatically scan mapped network drives" is enabled, a slowdown will appear immediately after the system reboots.
  1. Click ConfigurationScheduled Tasks > Add/Delete
  2. Click Add > Security Manager Scan > AV Defender Full Scan
  3. Type a descriptive Task Name to identify the task.
  4. Click the Targets tab and selected the devices targeted for the policy task by selecting specific devices or using a filter.
  5. Click the Schedule tab and set a time when N-able N-central runs the task.
  6. Recurring tasks will not have the option to configure an Execution Window. If a device is offline at a scheduled date and time, recurring tasks will be run at the next scheduled date and time in their schedule.

  7. Click the Notifications tab and configure N-able N-central to send a notification upon the successful completion of the task, or if the task fails to complete.
  8. Click Save.

The scheduled task is saved to the repository. N-able N-central runs the task at the configured time. When complete, and if configured to do so, N-able N-central sends a notification to the selected recipients in the format defined by their user profile.

If you choose to edit the task, the edits may not be applied to the task if it has been initiated. Edits are applied to completed tasks only if they are recurring tasks.