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Recommended Configuration for Symantec Anti-virus

Most PC and Macintosh machines throughout the Institution can run the latest version of Symantec Anti-Virus. For computers with limited resources or those running older operating systems, please contact CIS at x2439 to determine which version of Symantec will run best on your system. Some of the most important features of the product are the File System Auto-Protect and Automatic Definition Updates.

File System Auto-Protect

Enabling File System Auto-Protect safeguards your computer from virus infections every second of the day. As your computer is flooded with emails from unknown sources, Auto-Protect will notify you at that very instance of the presence of harmful material. From there you are able to remove viruses from your computer and further protect your work. To effectively achieve this type of environment, you must not only enable this feature, but ensure you are scanning all files.:

1) Double-click the Gold Shield in the System Tray (lower right corner of your desktop).
     
 

2) Expand the Configure folder, click on File System Auto-Protect, and in the right-hand window select All types under the File types box.

     

Automatic Definition Updates

Definition updates are what protect your system against the latest viruses. Updates should be set to run daily for maximum protection against the latest virus threats.

1) Double-click the Gold Shield in the System Tray (lower right corner of your desktop).
     
  2) From the toolbar, select File -> Schedule Updates and click the Schedule button.
     
  3) Click Daily and select a time where your computer will be on, but where you might not be doing a lot of work (i.e. lunchtime, coffee breaks, etc.).