Name given for a certain noise.

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TheFonz007

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I wish to know two things: Is there a name given for the noise made when the computer is doing a scan for virus, adware or malware and How and where is this noise generated?

There are no issues/problems other than slow response during these scans. I just would like to know if a name has ever been given for this type of noise. The noise sounds like a Geiger Counter when it detects radiation. Please read on. After the scan is over, no more noise. This has happened with any computer I have ever owned and I hear it on others. It would be nice to know if a name has ever been given to it.
 
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No idea what "noise" you may be referring to. There should be no particular noise associated with a scan that is not always present. If you have file system damage, a ticking sound may be heard when the drive seeks data. The sound is also produced when a drive has difficult access for other reasons, the partition is damaged, or the drive is heavily fragmented. Some drives tend to "tick" more than others, anyway. The sound is head movement.
 
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I suspect you're hearing the arm in the hard drive moving as it accesses data on the disks. You could confirm this by creating a homemade stethoscope of sorts. Remove the side panel and touch a long-handled screw driver tip to the side of your HD case and put your ear on the screw driver's handle. The sound your HD makes will be easily transmitted from the HD to your ear.

While you're playing around listen to the fans for your CPU, North Bridge, and case fans. You'll be able to listen to the fan's shaft sleeve or bearing(s), and may be able to hear the tiny electric arc from the fan's motor.
 
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