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Norton Security Scan FAQ

What is Norton Security Scan?

  • Norton Security Scan is a software tool designed to help you understand if your computer is currently protected from known threats. Norton Security Scan performs a scan of your computer and displays if there are existing viruses, worms, spyware, unwanted adware, or Trojans residing on your computer. Norton Security Scan is used to check how protected your computer is currently.

    To download and install Norton Security Scan, visit the Norton Security Scan download page.

Benefits of Norton Security Scan

    • You learn how secure your computer is and identify threats residing on your computer.

    • This is a free tool.

    • Norton Security Scan checks to see what security software is installed on the computer.

      Norton Security Scan does not conflict with other applications.

    • To identify the latest Internet risks, Norton Security Scan automatically retrieves the latest protection updates. Internet connection is required to download the latest protection updates.

System requirements for Norton Security Scan

  • Norton Security Scan supports the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

    • Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro (32-bit and 64-bit)

    • Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate

    • Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) Home/Home Premium/Ultimate/Business/Starter Edition (Service Pack 1 and later)

    • Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit) Home Edition/Professional/Media Center Edition (Service Pack 2 or later)

Uninstall Norton Security Scan

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

  2. Type in the following text, and then press Enter.


  3. In the list of currently installed programs, select Norton Security Scan, and then click Uninstall or Remove.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  5. When the uninstall process completes, restart the computer.

Scan your computer with Norton Insight

  • Norton Insight, the award-winning reputation technology of Norton, provides a better technology to detect the files that are suspicious or vulnerable on your computer. When you run a scan, Norton Security Scan uses the power of the Norton Insight Network and the experiences of the millions of Norton Community Watch customers.

    Scans look at files, running processes, the boot sector and other parts of your computer to look for viruses and spyware. This is generally done by looking in each file for an actual virus or spyware. A Quick Scan looks at the most common places that are infected by viruses and spyware while a full scan checks every file on the computer.

Managing cookies with Norton Security Scan

  • Malicious websites or programs might place cookies on your computer to track your computing activities. These cookies are dangerous and can report your activities to a third party that can cause potential security risks. Norton Security Scan helps you resolve such harmful cookies.

    You can manage these cookies using the MANAGE COOKIES option. The Cookie Manager window displays the high risk or suspected cookies that are detected on your computer and their details such as the level of the risk, the website from which the cookie originated, and the recommended action. You can remove these cookies using Norton Security Scan.

    After the scan is complete, if Norton Security Scan detected any cookies on your computer, under Cookies, click MANAGE COOKIES. Select the cookies that you want to remove, and then click REMOVE SELECTED or click REMOVE ALL to remove all the cookies.

Norton Security Scan displays that my virus definitions are out of date

  • Norton Security Scan attempts to bring down latest definitions each time it launches. This message is displayed when a host system is unable to connect to the Internet to enable Norton Security Scan to obtain the latest virus definitions or when the system date setting is artificially set ahead.

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Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 06/15/2015