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Unable to complete virus scan on MAC; Error Not Fully Scanned Did not have permission to open file

Created: 07 Sep 2012 | 3 comments

I completed the following in the terminal: defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.Symantec.NAVX IgnorePermPref -bool YES

I received this error: 2012-09-07 18:27:52.381 defaults[745:707] Could not write domain com.Symantec.NAVX; exiting

How do I fix the ability to have a complete a full virus scan. 

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sandra.g's picture

I know this is old and MichelleK10 may have already resolved this issue, but...

It looks like MichelleK10 was using the following document:

While scanning, messages appear in scan window: "Not fully scanned"/"Did not have permission to open the file"

The permission-related messages are related to "hidden or protected files owned by Root, with or without restricted privileges" and wouldn't have to do with a scan failing to complete. The "defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.Symantec.NAVX IgnorePermPref -bool YES" command in the Symantec KB article merely stops those (harmless) permissions errors from displaying.

If you're getting "Could not write domain com.Symantec.NAVX" I would suggest trying to repair the permissions via Utilities > Disk Utility. This sounds more like an OS X problem than a SEP for Mac problem, or you may not be an admin user--may want to check Apple Support.


Symantec, Senior Information Developer
Enterprise Security, Mobility, and Management - Endpoint Protection

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