About Computer settings

The various options in the Computer tab let you configure how you want Endpoint Protection to scan your computer for viruses and other security threats.

Your options are:

AntiVirus and SONAR Exclusions

AntiVirus and SONAR Exclusions options let you specify the items that Endpoint Protection excludes from its scans. Scans and signatures are some items that you can exclude from scanning.

AntiVirus and SONAR Exclusions options also let you choose which categories of risks you want Endpoint Protection to detect.

AntiVirus and SONAR Exclusions reduce your level of protection and should be used only if you have a specific need.

Computer Scan

Endpoint Protection lets you run different types of scans to detect and prevent any virus infection on your computer.

You can use the various Computer Scan options to select the scan type, file types to scan, and the scan schedule. You can also specify scanning of compressed files and Microsoft Office documents. You can perform a Full System Scan. You can also individually scan drives, folders, or files.

The Computer Scan options also let you specify scans to detect rootkits, other stealth items, network drives, tracking cookies, and unknown security threats.

The Scan Performance Profiles option lets you configure a Endpoint Protection scan based on the digital signature and trust level of the files on your computer.

You must configure the Scan Performance Profiles settings before you run a scan or before a scan is scheduled to run. Endpoint Protection scans your computer according to the configuration that you specified in the Scan Performance Profiles settings.

Real Time Protection

Real Time Protection option protects your computer by continuously checking for viruses and other security risks.

You can use the Real Time Protection options to control the scanning and monitoring of your computer.

Your options are:

  • Antispyware

    Antispyware protects your computer against the security risks that can compromise your personal information and privacy. Antispyware options let you choose which categories of risk you want Endpoint Protection to detect for manual, email, and instant messenger scanning.

  • Auto-Protect

    Auto-Protect loads into memory when Windows starts, providing constant protection while you work. Auto-Protect checks for security risks every time that you use software programs on your computer, insert removable media, access the Internet, or use document files. It also monitors your computer for any unusual symptoms that may indicate an active threat.

    You can use the Auto-Protect options to customize the protection of your computer.

  • SONAR Protection

    Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR) provides you with real-time protection against threats by proactively detecting unknown security risks on your computer.

    SONAR identifies emerging threats based on the behavior of applications. SONAR Protection is quicker than the traditional signature-based threat detection techniques. SONAR detects and protects you against malicious code even before virus definitions are available through LiveUpdate. You can turn on this option to proactively detect unknown security risks on your computer.

    SONAR provides you the greatest control when low certainty threats are detected.

  • Enable Boot Time Protection

    Enable Boot Time Protection starts Auto-Protect when you start your computer. It provides enhanced security level from the time your start your computer.

  • Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection

    This feature provides better protection by running all the necessary components of Endpoint Protection that block malware intrusion when you start your computer.

    This feature is available only in Windows 8.


Endpoint Protection protects your computer from vulnerabilities through the latest program and definition updates. Definition updates contain the information that lets Endpoint Protection recognize and alert you to the presence of a specific virus or security threat.

You can use the options in the Updates section to obtain the latest virus definitions and keep your computer secure from the latest security threats.

Your options are:

  • Automatic LiveUpdate

    Automatic LiveUpdate automatically checks for definition updates and program updates to your virus protection when you are connected to the Internet.

  • Pulse Updates

    In addition to the definition updates that Automatic LiveUpdate downloads, Endpoint Protection uses streaming technology to download the latest virus definitions. These downloads are called Pulse Updates. The Pulse Updates are lighter and faster, and keep your computer secure from the ongoing threats on the World Wide Web.

  • Automatic Download of New Version

    Automatically downloads the latest available version and prompts you for free installation. To get the latest version, this option must be turned on.

    This feature may not work in some versions of Endpoint Protection.

  • Smart Definitions

    Activates the Core Set virus definitions which contain the most important virus definitions that are required for latest security threats as viewed by Symantec. Turning on the Smart Definitions option minimizes download time, installation time, and system start time. Therefore, the Core Set results in faster performance of your computer.

  • Apply updates only on reboot

    Lets you choose how the program updates obtained by Automatic LiveUpdate need to be applied to your computer. Certain program updates may require you to restart your computer for the updates to complete.

    When you turn on this option, program updates that require system restart are automatically applied the next time you restart your system. However, program updates that do not require system restart are applied instantly. By default, this option is turned off.

    This option is available only in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

About customizing settings and options

About SONAR Protection

About Computer Scan

About boot time protection

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DOCID: v15978320_sep_smb_2013_en_us
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Last modified: 09/20/2012