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Symantec AntiVirus Instructions for Windows

Symantec AntiVirus is the "corporate" version of Norton AntiVirus, and bears no resemblance to the "consumer" version of Norton AntiVirus for Windows. As you can see from the screenshots below, it's very unobtrusive and works quite well.

Download the Installer

You can download the Norton AntiVirus software from our Downloads page; make sure you download the appropriate installer (32-bit vs 64-bit). If your machine runs Windows 7/8, you most likely own a 64-bit machine; otherwise, for older machines (or if you don't know), download the 32-bit installer.

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Remove Existing Antivirus Software

Symantec AntiVirus will not work properly if another virus scanner is running at the same time. It's best to just completely uninstall any existing antivirus software.  Sometimes these programs are split into several components, so be sure you uninstall them all; for example, all Norton programs use a program called LiveUpdate, which must be removed separately. It's fine to continue using other security programs like Ad-Aware, Spybot, and ZoneAlarm; these will not interfere. However, if you have an integrated security "suite" that combines several functions, like a firewall, a virus scanner, and a spyware scanner (like Norton Internet Security or McAfee Internet Security Suite), you should disable the virus scanning feature of the program.

Add or Remove Programs

To remove existing antivirus software in Windows, navigate to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a program. Then highlight the program to be uninstalled and click the Remove button.

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Run the Installer

Find and double-click the executable you downloaded earlier. It'll ask to "extract" the installation files (we compress the files to shrink the download size); choose (or make) a folder for it to spit the files into, and click OK. Once it's complete, find the "Setup.exe" file extracted and double-click it to start the installation process.

The installer for Symantec will present you with options during the installation. First, you'll be prompted to accept the license agreement. From then on, the default options are correct, and you can simply click Next until the installation completes.

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Run LiveUpdate

After the installer finishes, it will start LiveUpdate, the program that downloads the newest virus definitions and program updates for Symantec AntiVirus. Continue clicking the Next button at each screen until it finishes.

If LiveUpdate is not able to download new updates, make sure you're connected to the Internet. If you are, and it continues to fail, contact CUS for assistance -- it's very important that LiveUpdate works properly.

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Schedule LiveUpdates

Symantec Antivirus will now be installed ( The Start Menu in Vista>All Programs> Symantec Client Security).  Start the program and from the Edit menu, and choose New Scheduled Scan. Although Symantec is always active on your computer, a comprehensive once-a-day scan will help things run their smoothest. Choose Full Scan from the set of scan options.

Then click Next. Name your scan something informative like DailyScan and click Next. It's okay to leave the description area alone.

Choose a frequency (we strongly recommend daily to ensure the safest computing experience). Then pick a time when your computer will definitely be on but you won't be using it, say during a night time PE class or even while you sleep (in this case leave it plugged in).

Nortion Daily Scan       Norton AntiVirus

Wrapping Up Installation

Now's a good time to restart your computer. When you restart, a gold shield icon will appear in the System Tray (next to the clock), signifying that AutoProtect is on, which means that AntiVirus is watching for virus activity in the background. However, your computer is not completely protected. You still need to install Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy, to protect your computer from adware and spyware.

If you have any problems or need assistance, feel free to contact CUS at x7525 or cus@reed.edu.

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