Kaspersky Security Cloud for Mac

File Anti-Virus

14 February 2022

ID 96931

File Anti-Virus prevents infection of the computer's file system. The component starts during startup of the operating system, remains in the computer memory, and scans for viruses and other malware all files that are opened, saved, or run on your computer and on all connected disks. If you disable File Anti-Virus, it will not start at operating system startup. You will have to re-enable File Anti-Virus manually.

Enable/disable File Anti-Virus

You can create a protection scope for File Anti-Virus.

Add/remove a file or folder to/from the protection scope

Add/remove an object on the list of default objects to/from the protection scope

Disable protection of an object in the protection scope

Enable scanning of the read-only system volume

When you or an application attempt to access a file included in the protection scope, File Anti-Virus checks iSwift databases for information about the file, and uses this information to decide whether to scan the file.

Recognizing malicious objects is possible thanks to signature analysis, a way of searching for threats based on threat descriptions included in the anti-virus databases. In addition to signature analysis, File Anti-Virus uses heuristic analysis and other scanning technologies.

After detecting an object, the application displays a notification about it and performs an action on the object based on your File Anti-Virus preferences.

Select the action that File Anti-Virus performs after detecting an infected file

Before attempting to disinfect or delete an infected file, Kaspersky Security Cloud saves a backup copy for subsequent restoration or disinfection. A file copy appears in Quarantine. You can try to disinfect this file later by using updated anti-virus databases.

Information about File Anti-Virus operation and all detected objects is logged in a report.

Note: If File Anti-Virus stops running with an error, you can view the report and try to start the component again. If the problem is not solved, you can contact Kaspersky Technical Support.

View the File Anti-Virus report

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