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Review Auto-Protect notifications

May 3, 2010

Auto-Protect scans files for viruses, worms, and Trojan horses when you perform an action with them, such as moving them, copying them, or opening them.

It also scans for spyware, adware, and other security risks.

If Auto-Protect detects suspicious activity, it logs a notification in Security History that tells you that a risk was found and resolved.


If Auto-Protect detect one or more viruses it either repairs or deletes the viruses and notifies you. The notification tells you which file was repaired or deleted and which virus, Trojan horse, or worm infected the file. No further action is necessary.


  1. In the Norton Internet Security main window, in the Computer pane, click History.
  2. In the Show drop-down list, select the category of items for which you want to review Auto-Protect alerts.

    Your options are:
    Recent History Review Auto-Protect notifications, that you received in the last seven days.
    Full History Review all of the Auto-Protect notifications, that you have received.
  3. In the right pane, click More Details.

    If one or more security risks such as spyware are found, you can take action on these items, if required.
  4. In the Threat Detected window, select the action that you want to take. Your options are:
    Restore this file Restores the security risk from the quarantine to your computer

    This option is available only for the detected viral threats.
    Restore & Exclude this file Returns the selected Quarantine item to its original location without repairing it

    This option is available only for the detected nonviral threats.
    Exclude this program Excludes the security risk from future scan

    Norton Internet Security adds the security risk to the appropriate exclusions list.
    Remove this file (recommended) Removes the selected security risk item from your computer and places it in the Security History Quarantine
    Remove this file from history Removes the selected security risk item from your computer and places it in the Security History Quarantine
    Submit to Symantec Sends the security risk to Symantec

    In some cases, Norton Internet Security might not identify an item as a security threat, but you might suspect that the item is infected. In such cases, you can use this option to submit the item to Symantec for further analysis.

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