Setting up scheduled scans that run on Windows computers

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Setting up scheduled scans that run on Windows computers

You configure scheduled scans as part of a Virus and Spyware Protection policy. The scan settings are different for Windows clients and for Mac clients.

You can save your scheduled scan settings as a template. The scan templates can save you time when you configure multiple policies. You can use any scan that you save as a template as the basis for a new scan in a different policy. A scheduled scan template is included by default in the policy. The default scheduled scan scans all files and folders.

See Managing scans on client computers

See Customizing administrator-defined scans for clients that run on Windows computers

If a computer misses a scheduled scan for some reason, the Symantec Endpoint Protection client tries to perform the scan for a specific time interval. If the client cannot start the scan within the time interval, it does not run the scan.

If the user who defined a scan is not logged in, the client software runs the scan anyway. You can specify that the client does not run the scan if the user is logged off.

You can click Help for more information about the options that are used in this procedure.

To set up scheduled scans that run on Windows computers

  1. In the console, open a Virus and Spyware Protection policy.

  2. Under Windows Settings, click Administrator-defined Scans.

  3. On the Scans tab, under Scheduled Scans, click Add.

  4. In the Add Scheduled Scan dialog box, click Create a new scheduled scan.

  5. Click OK.

  6. In the Add Scheduled Scan dialog box, on the Scan Details tab, type a name and description for this scheduled scan.

  7. Click Active Scan, Full Scan, or Custom Scan.

  8. If you selected Custom, under Scanning, you can specify the folders to scan.

  9. Under File types, click Scan all files or Scan only selected extensions.

  10. Under Enhance the scan by checking, check or uncheck Memory, Common infection locations, or Well-known virus and security risk locations.

  11. On the Schedule tab, under Scanning schedule, set the frequency and the time at which the scan should run.

    The retry setting under Missed Scheduled Scans changes automatically according to whether you select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.

  12. Under Missed Scheduled Scans, you can disable the option to run a missed scan or you can change the retry interval.

    You can also specify a maximum scan duration before the scan pauses. You can also randomize scan start time.

  13. If you want to save this scan as a template, check Save a copy as a Scheduled Scan Template.

  14. Click OK.

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