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Norton Security Scan

Jun 30, 2011

Norton Security Scan is a free and easy-to-use tool that helps you to run a security scan. You can also run the scan automatically. By using Norton Security Scan, you can scan your computer and find out if your computer is infected with viruses, spyware, and other crimeware. If you find any threat on your computer, you can take appropriate action to remove the threat.

Please note, that Norton Security Scan is used only to detect security threats but not to remove them. This free tool will be useful, if you want to make sure that your computer is not infected — because the utility is fast, light and uses the virus definitions from Symantec, i.e. like Norton Internet Security.

When you run a scan, Norton Security Scan downloads the latest virus definitions from Symantec server and uses these definitions to detect security threats on your computer. Therefore, it is recommended that you connect your computer to the Internet before you run a scan.

Norton Insight, the award-winning reputation technology of Norton, provides a better technology to detect the files that are suspicious or vulnerable on your computer. When you run a scan, Norton Security Scan uses the power of the Norton Insight Network and the experiences of the millions of Norton Community Watch customers. By using these, Norton Security Scan provides you information on the trust-worthiness of the critical applications on your computer. Norton Security Scan rates the suspicious applications on your computer as Poor, Not Trusted, or Unproven.

Norton Security Scan detects the following security threats:
  • Viruses — Programs that infect another program, boot sector, partition sector, or document by inserting itself or attaching itself to that medium. Most viruses just replicate; many also do damage.
  • Trojan horses — Programs containing malicious code that is disguised as or hiding in something benign, such as a game or utility.
  • Hacking tools — Tools that are used by a hacker to gain unauthorized access to your computer. One type of hacking tool, a keystroke logger, tracks and records your individual keystrokes and can send this information back to the hacker.
  • Spyware — Programs that can scan systems or monitor activity and relay the information to other computers or locations in cyberspace.
  • Adware — Programs that facilitate the delivery of advertising content through their own window, or by using another program’s interface.
  • Trackware — Programs that track system activity, gather system information, or track user habits, and relay this information to third-party organizations. The information that is gathered by such programs is neither personally identifiable nor confidential. Trackware programs are installed with the user’s consent, and may also be packaged as part of another application that is installed by the user.

Installing Norton Security Scan

To install Norton Security Scan:
  1. Click here to start download.
  2. Once the download complete, double-click on Setup.exe to run it.
  3. Click the „User License Agreement” link, read the license agreement, and then click Close.
  4. Click «Agree & Install».

Starting Norton Security Scan

At any time, you can start Norton Security Scan to run or schedule a scan. The Norton Security Scan main window provides the date on which you downloaded the virus definitions from Symantec server. You can also view the date on which the last scan was performed. When you start Norton Security Scan for the first time after installation, a welcome screen appears.

To start Norton Security Scan:
  • Do one of the following:
    • Double-click the Norton Security Scan icon on your computer desktop.
    • On the Windows taskbar, click:
      Start » All Programs » Norton Security Scan » Norton Security Scan.

If you suspect that your computer is infected, you can run a scan to check the important locations of your computer that the viruses and other security threats often target. If Norton Security Scan finds a security threat, you can view the details of each threat and take appropriate action.

Norton Security Scan downloads the virus definitions from Symantec server and uses these definitions to detect threats on your computer. If you run a scan for the first time or your virus definitions are out of date, Norton Security Scan automatically downloads the latest virus definitions from Symantec server. Ensure that your computer is connected to Internet when you run a scan.

— If you run a scan for the first time, you must connect your computer to the Internet. If your computer is not connected to the Internet and you attempt to scan your computer for the first time, Norton Security Scan does not scan your computer.

— Norton Security Scan is not intended to be a replacement for continuous, real-time protection from the latest security risks. To resolve these security risks and protect your computer from future infections, it is recommended that you install and maintain a security application.

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