Export or Import Security History information

Norton lets you export the Security History events to a file. You can export and save the Security History events and view them at your leisure.

For example, you can analyze the security events on a particular day. You can use the Quick Search option to obtain a list of all of the items that are related to a particular security risk. You can then use the Export option to save the list in the Security History log. You can later import the log file and analyze the data.

Security History stores the information in a separate file. When the file size reaches its maximum size limit, information that is related to new events overwrites the information that is related to older events. You can export the log periodically, if you want to keep the entire Security History information.

You can save your log file in one of the following file formats:

  • Security History Log Files (.mcf)

    The .mcf file format is the Security History Log Files format and is proprietary to Symantec.

    When you use this file type option, you can view the file only in the Security History window.

  • Text Files (.txt)

    The data is saved in a comma-separated text format.

    When you use this file type option, you can open and view the file externally without using Security History.

You can import only the log files that have .mcf file extension. When you import a log file, the exported list of Security History information in the log file appears. This list replaces the current security events list. You can select an option in the Show drop-down list to view the option-specific details that are saved in the log file. To revert to the current Security History list you must click the Close file: file_name.mcf link.

Export Security History information

  1. In the Norton product main window, double-click Security, and then click History.

  2. In the Security History window, in the Show drop-down list, select an option.

  3. Click Export.

  4. In the Save As dialog box that appears, navigate to a location and specify the name for the file.

    The category name in the Show drop-down list appears as the default file name. You can provide a file name of your choice.

  5. In the Save as type box, select the format in which you want to save your log file.

  6. Click Save.

Import Security History information

  1. In the Norton product main window, double-click Security, and then click History.

  2. In the Security History window, click Import.

  3. In the Open dialog box that appears, browse to the folder that has the file you want to import.

  4. Select the .mcf file and click Open.

    You can only open log files of .mcf format in the Security History window. You can open and view log files of .txt file externally without using Security History.

    In the import mode, you cannot make modifications to the information. For example, you cannot clear the logs. You can revert to the current Security History list by closing the file.

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DOCID: v15967289_ns_retail_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 06/20/2017