Difference between the Conventional Scan and Smart Scan functions of Worry-Free Business Security (WFBS)

Solution ID Last Updated
1053817 Feb. 24, 2014 4:42 AM (PST)

Product / Version Platform
Worry-Free Business Security Standard/Advanced - 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0;
Windows - 2003 Home Server, 2003 Small Business Server, 2003 Standard Server Edition, 2008 Essential Business Server, 2008 Small Business Server, 7 32-bit, Vista 32-bit, XP Professional

Problem Description

Learn the difference between the scanning methods in WFBS.


Client scanning can be performed in two methods:
Conventional Scan
A scan method used in all earlier WFBS versions. A Conventional Scan client stores all Security Agent components on the client computer and scans all files locally.
Smart Scan
Smart Scan leverages threat signatures that are stored in the cloud. When in Smart Scan mode, the Security Agent first scans for security risks locally. If the client cannot determine the risk of the file during the scan, the client connects to the local Smart Scan Server. If the clients cannot connect to it, they will attempt to connect to the Trend Micro Global Smart Scan Server.
Smart Scan provides the following features and benefits:
  • Provides fast, real-time security status lookup capabilities in the cloud.
  • Reduces the overall time it takes to deliver protection against emerging threats.
  • Reduces network bandwidth consumed during pattern updates. The bulk of pattern definition updates only needs to be delivered to the cloud and not to many endpoints.
  • Reduces the cost and overhead associated with corporate-wide pattern deployments.
  • Lowers kernel memory consumption on endpoints. Consumption increases minimally over time.

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