09-09-2010 12:41 PM
Hi there, I've just downloaded NIS 2011 & am very impressed! I've a couple of questions about the settings though-
SMART DEFINITIONS is turned off,as is REMOVE INFECTED COMPRESSED FILES. Should these remain off? What do they refere to? Thanks, seabiscuit.
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09-09-2010 01:10 PM - edited 09-09-2010 01:15 PM
It is meant for slow internet connections. If you have a high speed internet, you need not to turn it on. Hope it helps!
Windows 7 Pro x86: NIS 11. Hitman Pro(Second Opinion). SAS(on-demand).
Windows XP Pro x86 SP3: Avast 5.
09-09-2010 01:20 PM
Hello seabiscuit and welcome!
If Smart Definitions is turned on, you will be receiving the core set of important virus definitions as opposed to the complete set of definitions. From the Help Section:
"Norton Internet Security provides the Smart Definitions option to choose between the Core Set virus definitions and Complete Set virus definitions for LiveUpdate sessions.
When Smart Definitions option is turned on, Norton Internet Security activates the Core Set virus definitions which contain the most important virus definitions that are required for latest security threats as viewed by Symantec. Turning on the Smart Definitions option minimizes download time, installation time, and system start time. It also provides you free disk space of about 20-30MB. Therefore, the Core Set results in faster performance of your computer.
When Smart Definitions option is turned off, Norton Internet Security activates the Complete Set virus definitions which contain all the virus definitions for each threat that is known to Symantec."
Regarding the option to Remove Infected Compressed Files.
If an infected file is found within a compressed file and the infected file cannot be removed, the entire compressed file will be automatically removed and deleted. With this option off (default), you will be prompted with the option as to what you wish to do with the file.
Again from the Help Section:
"You can turn on this option if you want Norton Internet Security to delete the infected compressed files automatically from your computer. However, Norton Internet Security gives you the greatest control over low-risk items and the items that require your attention. Norton Internet Security provides this control when the Low Risks option, under Computer Scans is configured to Ask Me. "
My preference is to leave these settings at the default setting of Off.
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09-09-2010 02:03 PM
I'd just like to add to what Phil D says about the compressed files scan setting that if you want to save on scanning time it is possible to turn OFF check inside compressed files since if there is malware in there it will be scanned and dealt with as soon as the file is accessed.
It can take a very long time to scan inside a compressed archive if it has files buried many layers deep.
I turn off the Compressed Files Scan and in that case the other options do not come into play ......