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Scanning computers and scheduling a scan

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In Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (SEP SBE) cloud, you can schedule a scan using policies.

Symantec recommends scheduling scanning only for servers. Desktops and Laptops are effectively protected by idle scanning, making scheduled scans unnecessary.

You can scan computers using any of the following methods:

  • Idle Time Scan is the default scanning method and eventually completes a full system scan. Endpoint Protection determines when your computer is idle and runs scans at those times. An idle time scan runs when a computer remains idle for 10 minutes.

  • A Full Scan is initiated manually by your administrator or by an endpoint user. The scan runs without interruption and evaluates all areas of the computer hard drive.

  • A Quick Scan only scans the important locations of your computer that the viruses and other security threats most often target. A Quick Scan takes less time to run than a full system scan because it does not scan your entire computer.

To schedule a scan

  1. In the SEP SBE Management Console, click the Policies page.

  2. On the left pane, select the Endpoint Protection service.

  3. Select the policy to edit.

    On the policy configuration page, set a Scan Schedule by designating the scan frequency, time to start, and the computers to scan.

  4. Click Save & Apply.

To scan a computer

  1. In SEP SBE Management Console. click the Computers page.

  2. On the Computers page, click the name of the computer you want to scan.

  3. On the Computer Profile page > Services tab, under the Tasks menu, click Quick Scan or Full Scan.

  4. Click OK to confirm scan.

    The scan runs silently on the remote computers.

To scan computers or a group of computers

  1. In SEP SBE Management Console. click the Computers page.

  2. On the left pane, select the group or you can select various filter options.

  3. Based on the filters selected, the applicable computers are displayed in the right pane.

  4. Select the check box in the header to select all computers that are listed or select specific computers individually.

  5. Click the Quick Scan or Full Scan icon, and then click OK to confirm scan.

    The scan runs silently on the remote computers.