Customize Idle Scans settings

Your Norton product keeps your Mac secure from latest security threats by automatically running scans on your computer using the Idle Scans feature. Idle Scans detect the time when you do not use your Mac and intelligently run the scan.

The idle scan settings do not change when a different user uses the Mac. Your Norton product detects the idle time of the Mac and runs the idle scan with the settings already configured.

Customize Idle Scans settings

  1. In the Norton product main window, click Advanced.

  2. On the left pane, click Protect my Mac.

  3. In the Idle Scans row, click the settings icon.

  4. In the Idle Scans window, customize your scan settings.

    You can customize the scan in the following ways:

    What to Scan

    Lets you specify the area that you want your Norton product to scan. Your options are:

    • Startup Disk

      Performs an idle scan on the startup (boot) disk of your Mac.

    • All User Folders

      Performs an idle scan on all of the home folders on your Mac.

    • Entire System

      Performs an idle scan on all the available disks of your Mac.

    Scan files in compressed archives (Recommended)

    Lets you enable or disable your Norton product to scan the files within the compressed files.

    Show Idle Scan Results

    Lets you view the idle scan results in the Security History window. Your options are:

    • Only when infections are found

      Select this option if you want to view the scan results when a security threat is detected.

    • Always

      Select this option if you want to view the activities of your Norton product during the idle scan. You can view activities such as completed scans or scans that are canceled because of system activity.

    Reset to Defaults

    Lets you set the Scheduled Scans settings to the recommended settings.

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DOCID: v54280641_nsmac_retail_en_us
Operating System: Mac OS X
Last modified: 01/30/2017