Customizing Auto-Protect for Windows clients

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Customizing Auto-Protect for Windows clients

You might want to customize Auto-Protect settings for Windows clients.

To configure Auto-Protect for Windows clients

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

  2. Under Windows Settings, under Protection Technology, click Auto-Protect.

  3. On the Scan Details tab, check or uncheck Enable Auto-Protect.


    If you disable Auto-Protect, Download Insight cannot function even if it is enabled.

  4. Under Scanning, under File types, select one of the following options:

    • Scan all files

      This option is the default and is the most secure option.

    • Scan only selected extensions

      You can improve scan performance by selecting this option, however, you might decrease the protection on your computer.

  5. Under Additional options, check or uncheck Scan for security risks.

  6. Click Advanced Scanning and Monitoring to change options for the actions that trigger Auto-Protect scans and how Auto-Protect handles scans of floppy disks.

  7. Click OK.

  8. Under Network Settings, check or uncheck Scan files on remote computers to enable or disable Auto-Protect scans of network files.

    By default, Auto-Protect scans files on remote computers only when the files are executed.

    You might want to disable network scanning to improve scan and computer performance.

  9. When file scans on remote computers is enabled, click Network Settings to modify network scanning options.

  10. In the Network Settings dialog box, do any of the following actions:

    • Enable or disable Auto-Protect to trust files on the remote computers that run Auto-Protect.

    • Configure network cache options for Auto-Protect scans.

  11. Click OK.

  12. On the Actions tab, set any of the options.

    See Changing the action that Symantec Endpoint Protection takes when it makes a detection.

    You can also set remediation options for Auto-Protect.

  13. On the Notifications tab, set any of the notification options.

    See Managing the virus and spyware notifications that appear on client computers.

  14. On the Advanced tab, set any of the following options:

    • Startup and shutdown

    • Reload options

  15. Under Additional Options, click File Cache or Risk Tracer.

  16. Configure the file cache or Risk Tracer settings, and then click OK.

  17. If you are finished with the configuration for this policy, click OK.

See Customizing the virus and spyware scans that run on Windows computers.

See Managing scans on client computers.

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