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How to simulate a Tamper Protection event?

Created: 08 Feb 2013 | 6 comments

I'd like to simulate an event that looks like a Tamper Protection event - just to test that my alert is working.  What is a simple, safe thing that I can do to trigger such an alert?

Many thanks,

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Brɨan's picture

Try to kill a SEP process



Make sure you have logging turned on and check your Tamper Protection log after you do it.

As long as you have tamper protection turned on, you will simply get an error message along the lines of "Access Denied"

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SebastianZ's picture

Other test - you can try enabling sylink logging - it is done through the registry:

- with tamper protection enabled you won't be able to change the registry keys.

Mick2009's picture

Here are a couple articles that may help explain Tamper Protection and how to test it:

HOW TO change the LiveUpdate source of an unmanaged Windows Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 Client 

About Tamper Protection 

With thanks and best regards,


Mithun Sanghavi's picture


Another Test you could perform is to change the sylink.xml in SEP 12.1. Without stopping the Tamper protection try changing the sylink.xml file.

Check this Article:

How to change the sylink.xml file in Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 12.1

It is possible to manually replace the sylink.xml file, however in order to do so Tamper Protection must first be disabled. 

This can be done on the client by going to Change Settings > Click Configure Settings under Client Management > Tamper Protection (Tab) > Then uncheck the box that saysProtect Symantec security software from being tampered with or shut down.

Once tamper protection is disabled:

  1. Stop the SMC service by going to Start > Run > type in > smc -stop.
  2. Once the service is stopped copy the sylink.xml file from the new SEPM and on the client side put that sylink.xml file under

      "\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\<current_install_build_number>\Data\Config"

For Windows 7/2008/vista :

C:\Users\All Users\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\12.1.671.4971.105\Data\Config

  1. Replace the existing file and restart the SMC service with Start > Run > smc -start

Mithun Sanghavi
Associate Security Architect


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Rafeeq's picture

Simple step

open cmd prompt

taskkill /f /im ccSvcHst.exe

saturnnights's picture

Thanks everyone for your input!  I really appreciate it  :-)