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Keeping current with LiveUpdate About protection updates

About protection updates

One of the most common reasons for computer virus infections is that you have not updated your protection files regularly. Symantec provides online access to protection updates by subscription.

The virus definition service provides access to the latest virus signatures and other technology from Symantec. Norton AntiVirus, Norton SystemWorks, and Norton Internet Security use the updates available from the virus definition service to detect the newest virus threats.

See “Subscription policy” on page 136.

The initial subscription is included with the purchase of the product.

In Mac OS X, Norton AntiVirus has a setting to remind you to update your virus definitions if the current virus definitions are over one month (30 days) old, or are dated the previous year.

The following alert appears when it’s time to update virus definitions:

When you should update

See “Schedule future updates” on page 55.

Run LiveUpdate as soon as you have installed your product. Once you know that your files are up-to-date, run LiveUpdate at least once a month.

If you have Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Internet Security, or Norton SystemWorks installed, update at least once a month to ensure that you have the latest virus definitions and firewall protection.

Before updating

In some cases there are preparations you must make before running LiveUpdate. For example, if you use America Online (AOL) as your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you must log on to AOL before you use LiveUpdate.

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