Enable Auto-Updating on Symantec AntiVirus

Anti-virus software can be used to identify, impede and eliminate computer viruses and other malicious software using two approaches: scanning files to look for known viruses and recognizing suspicious behavior through real-time auto-protect.

Windows machines installed by DECS are configured to use the auto-updating. This is set to run once daily at 7:00 a.m. In addition, users are able to run LiveUpdate to manually update the definitions.

Below are steps for enabling Auto-update on Symantec Anti-virus. These steps should be similar for most anti-virus products. If you need assistance using your specific anti-virus scanner, please contact us at support@egr.msu.edu.

Enabling Auto-Updating On Symantec Anti-virus

Steps to enable auto-updating

Please log in with an account which has administrative access so that the update can be installed.

  1. Open Symantec Anti-Virus.
  2. Select File > Schedule Updates
  3. Select checkbox Enable Scheduled automatic updates to enable.
  4. Click OK to close the window or you can edit your schedule of when you want to update by clicking on the Schedule tab.