ARCHIVED: How can SAV for Windows scan for spyware and adware, as well as for viruses?

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Symantec AntiVirus (SAV) 10.1.5 (for Windows XP) and 10.2.0 (for Vista) can scan for adware and spyware as well as for viruses if you enable scanning for expanded threats. The instructions below apply to scheduled scans:

  1. From the Start menu, select Programs or All Programs, then Symantec Client Security or Symantec/Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition, and then Symantec AntiVirus Client or 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 AntiVirus icon (a shield) and select Open Symantec/Norton AntiVirus....

  2. Expand the Scheduled Scans menu on the left by clicking the + (plus sign) beside it.
  3. Click the scheduled scan for which you want to enable the scanning of expanded threats. (If you need to set a scheduled scan, see ARCHIVED: In Symantec/Norton AntiVirus for Windows, how do I schedule automatic LiveUpdates and virus scans?)
  4. Click Edit..., then Options..., and then Actions.
  5. On the left, select Security Risks (or one of the nested malware categories).
  6. From the drop-down list on the right, select an action for SAV to take. The first action default is quarantine risk and the default for "if the first action fails" is Leave alone (log only).
  7. To save your settings, click OK, and then Save settings. Then click OK twice more.
  8. To run your scan immediately, click Scan. You may also exit SAV and allow it to run your updated scan at the scheduled time.

Note: The University Information Security Office (UISO) recommends that you run the latest version of Symantec virus protection software (available to IU students, faculty, and staff free of charge via IUware) for your operating system; See ARCHIVED: Safely upgrade security software in Windows 7 Be sure to upgrade safely, update your virus definitions daily, and scan your computer weekly. Check the software help for instructions.

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 14:21:20.