Obtaining the virus definition updates

Article:HOWTO59410  |  Created: 2011-10-04  |  Updated: 2011-10-04  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO59410
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Obtaining the virus definition updates

Platinum virus definitions and Rapid Release virus definitions are the two types of the virus definitions that you can obtain for your product. Symantec Message Filter is configured to obtain Rapid Release virus definitions by default. If you want to obtain Platinum virus definitions, you must enable Platinum option in the Control Center.

See Obtaining definitions when a new or emerging threat is discovered.

You can specify the source from where you want to obtain Platinum virus definitions as follows:

Symantec Website

Downloads the virus definitions directly from the Symantec LiveUpdate server.

This is the default option.

LAN host

If your organization has several Symantec Message Filter servers, you can obtain definitions on an internal server. Then you can disseminate the definitions to all of your Symantec Message Filter servers. This configuration lets you limit the amount of Internet traffic that accesses Symantec LiveUpdate. In this scenario, you must specify the information for the LAN host and if required proxy.

Note:

The LAN host option is unavailable when you select the Rapid Release option .

See About updating virus definitions.

To obtain virus definition updates from Symantec LiveUpdate server

  1. In the Control Center, click Settings.

  2. Press Shift + A to access the advanced settings.

  3. Under Antivirus Ruleset, click Platinum.

  4. Click Download certified virus definitions from the Symantec website.

    For more information on setting up a LAN host, see the LiveUpdate Administrator's Guide.

  5. Click Save.

To obtain virus definition updates from a LAN host

  1. In the Control Center, click Settings.

  2. Press Shift + A to access the advanced settings.

  3. Under Antivirus Ruleset, click Platinum.

  4. Click Download virus definitions from a LAN host.

  5. In the Address field, type the IP address of the LAN host.

  6. In the Username field and Password field, type the user name and password, if required to access the LAN host.

  7. If you use a proxy server, check Use a proxy.

  8. In the Proxy host field, type a valid host name.

  9. In the Proxy port field, type a valid port number.

  10. In the Username field and Password field, type the user name and password if required to access the proxy host.

  11. Click Save.

Note:

LiveUpdate uses the proxy that you define for the Scanner to download virus definitions from Symantec. If you download virus definitions from a LAN host, LiveUpdate uses a proxy only if you have defined one.


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