Is there antivirus software that does not run in the background?

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I think I already know the answer to this question but I wanted to ask anyways. Does anyone know if there's an antivirus that doesn't run in the background? I tried a few of them already but they all run in the background. Basically, when I need to run a scan, I'll open it. Other in that state I want it running. Thank you.
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For one that you can run on demand I would look into MWAV by eScan i believe. It’s free and works well. It does take some time to complete the scan and has an update button to look for updated virus files every time you run and does a pretty thorough job.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    What did you want, this is not recommended. If the anti virus stops work as background, then how do you protect your system and how do you know, when and which file(s) is infected by virus. Actually an anti virus runs of its services in background to protect the system. However, you can stop anti virus (if it is installed) for sometimes or duration of time that may possible through its configuration. As mentioned in several threads MWAV is an emergency anti virus software that can be your choice. It is free to use and not necessary to install. Just download and run scan/clean.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Many mainstream anti-malware programs allow you to disable real-time protection and just run scans when you'd like. Would that suffice?
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  • ToddN2000
    Not sure why you would open yourself to real-time protection. Are you having performance issue or other problems that are making you look at this possibility? For me I found I was having more issue with my firewall that my anti virus application.. Post some more info and maybe we can offer a solution that may work and still keep you protected.

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  • TheRealRaven
    You have enough concern about malware to run scans, but it's okay if your system is infected for 12 or more hours until you run a scan. Apparently it's okay if even your AV product itself becomes infected (potentially causing false scan results).

    Does that describe things correctly?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Moreover, after installing antivirus with latest patches/updates, on next restart the system, open MSCONFIG by pressing Windows key + R and click OK. On next window, click Startup tab, uncheck all checkboxes related to the antivirus startup services. You can also click Services tab and stop all antivirus related services excluding Microsoft services.
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