Does Norton Automatically Run a Scan for Security on a Regular Basis?

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Does Norton Automatically Run a Scan for Security on a Regular Basis?
Norton antivirus products conduct automatic scans for dangerous viruses. (computer image by blaine stiger from

Norton antivirus programs are designed to conduct automatic scans. The programs also contain options allowing the user to schedule a time for an automatic scan. There are several types of Norton product offerings. Norton Anti-Virus scans your files and e-mails for viruses; Norton Internet Security scans files and provides protections against malicious websites; Norton 360 performs all of these tasks and automatically backs up photos, music and other files.

Norton Internet Security

Norton Internet Security will automatically scan for viruses on a regular basis. Norton Internet Security also contains a feature which allows its users to schedule the time of each automatic system scan. Users can access the scan settings by opening their Norton Internet Security Program, choosing the "Settings" tab, clicking on the "Computer Settings" option, the "Computer Scan" selection and subsequently selecting the "Configure" selection.

The user should set the regular scan for a time when the computer is likely to be turned on. However, the user should avoid scheduling the scan for a time when the computer is in use. The scan does use the computer's resources and could slow down the computer's performance when it is needed by the user.

Norton Anti-Virus

In Norton Anti-Virus, you can set up how often the program automatically runs a scan on your system. The program will perform a full system scan once a week by default at a time when the computer is idle. You may schedule a daily system scan by clicking on the "Scan Now" option from the main window. Then, choose the "Custom Scan" option and the "Full System Scan" button. On the right you will be given an option to select the "Schedule" selection. Choose this and set the schedule to your desired setting.

Norton 360

Norton 360 does not require the user to set any settings in order for it to perform a scan. If Norton 360 detects a virus it can automatically take action. You can schedule task by opening the "Settings" page.

User Guides

Symantec has placed PDF versions of the Norton user guides online. The features described in this article are current as of January, 2011, but may become obsolete as Norton continues to release new product updates. Norton users should download the user guides for their specific products and versions.

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