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Protecting disks, files, and data from viruses

Viruses activate when you launch an infected program, start your computer from a disk that has infected system files, access a floppy disk or other removable media (disks that can be removed, such as floppy disks, disk cartridges, CDs, and Zip disks) that has infected desktop files, or access a document containing a macro virus.

Although Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect monitors your computer for viruses by scanning files when they are opened or moved, scan all disks or removable media before you use them, as Auto-Protect might not catch viruses that have infected files that haven’t been opened, moved to a SafeZone, or scanned. With Norton AntiVirus you can scan any file, folder, or disk for viruses.

Scan disks, folders, and files

See “Perform scans using contextual menus” on page 43.

You can start the Norton AntiVirus main program or, in Norton AntiVirus for Mac OS 8.1-9.x, use the contextual menu, to scan your disks.

In Mac OS X v10.1, Norton AntiVirus can scan only those files to which you have access permission. Even if you are logged on as an administrator, there are certain system files and directories that cannot be scanned. Those files can be scanned only if you are logged on with root access. However, unless you log on as root when you work on your computer, there is almost no chance that those files could be infected, as Mac OS X v10.1 is set by default to have the root account disabled.

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