ARCHIVED: In Symantec/Norton AntiVirus for Windows, how do I schedule automatic LiveUpdates and virus scans?
Note: The University Information Security Office (UISO) recommends that you run the latest version of Symantec/Norton AntiVirus (SAV/NAV) software (available to Indiana University students, faculty, and staff free of charge via IUware) for your operating system. Be sure to upgrade safely, update your virus definitions daily, and scan your computer weekly. See In Windows, how do I safely upgrade to the latest Symantec Endpoint or AntiVirus software?
In Symantec/Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, and 10.x, to schedule a time to automatically update your virus pattern files:
- From the
All Programs, then
Symantec Client Securityor
Symantec/Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition, and then
Symantec AntiVirus Clientor
Symantec/Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition.
Alternatively, in the notification area of the Taskbar (typically on the lower right of your screen), right-click the
Symantec/Norton AntiVirusicon (a shield) and select
Open Symantec/Norton AntiVirus....
- From the
- Make sure
Enable scheduled automatic updatesis checked. Click
- You can now schedule a specific time for updates to occur. UITS
recommends setting the "Frequency" to
Daily. When you are done, click
To schedule a virus scan after your virus pattern files have been updated:
- Launch SAV/NAV as in step 1 above.
- From the
New Scheduled Scan.
In 10.x, you will next be prompted to choose the type of scan. Do so, and click
- In the "Name:" field, type the name of this scan (for
Weekly Scan). Click
- Make sure
Enable scanis checked. You can now schedule how often and at what time of the day you want the scan to occur. UITS recommends setting the "Frequency" to
Note: This step may not appear in 10.x.
You will be prompted to select the drives you want to scan; UITS recommends scanning all your hard drives. Check the box next to each drive you want to scan. The
Options...button will allow you to configure what file types you wish to scan and what actions you wish to take upon finding a virus. UITS recommends leaving these at the default settings.
Saveto finish scheduling your virus scan.
After you have followed these instructions, SAV/NAV will run
LiveUpdate (which updates your virus definitions, sometimes called
protection files or pattern files) and scan for viruses automatically
at the time and day you set. If you are connected via
Ethernet or wireless, LiveUpdate will use that existing
Internet connection. If you are connected by
modem and have a PPP connection, LiveUpdate will
automatically get the updates from Symantec. If LiveUpdate prompts you
to choose how to connect to the Symantec web site (in
order to obtain the latest virus pattern files), choose the default
Find device automatically. (A less commonly used
option is to set LiveUpdate to get the information by dialing the
Symantec update phone number; in this case, you will be billed for a
long distance call.)
Note: You may also wish to configure SAV to scan for extended threats such as spyware and adware. See ARCHIVED: How can SAV for Windows scan for spyware and adware, as well as for viruses?
Last modified on January 07, 2013.