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Kudos0

Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

Hello. This isn;t really a problem. I just wanted to to the answer to this question I had. My user account that I use to scan the computer with Norton, isn't an administator account. When I do scans, there is an almost overwhelming amount of my files that are reported being scanned, such as Temporary Internet Files, compared to the other users on our computer. Are the scans just scanning my personal information on my profile and skimming over files on the others profiles, or does it not work like that? If it does, what can I do to change this? Thanks! 

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Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

Hello. This isn;t really a problem. I just wanted to to the answer to this question I had. My user account that I use to scan the computer with Norton, isn't an administator account. When I do scans, there is an almost overwhelming amount of my files that are reported being scanned, such as Temporary Internet Files, compared to the other users on our computer. Are the scans just scanning my personal information on my profile and skimming over files on the others profiles, or does it not work like that? If it does, what can I do to change this? Thanks! 

Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

From the Norton Internet Security Product Manual:

Full System Scan performs a deep scan of your computer to remove viruses and other security threats. It checks all boot records, files, and running processes to which the user has access. Consequently, when you run a Full System Scan with administrator privileges, it scans more files than when you run it without administrator privileges

Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

Is there any way I can run with administrator privileges on my profile?
Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

Why not just scan from an administrator account?

Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

Well, it's not mine. It's my dad's. I feel funny doing something that long on his profile, when I could just do it at my own convenience on my own.
Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

If I were to activate "Run as administrator" before I open NIS, would I be able to run a 100% full system scan on my profile or does it not work like that?

Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

cable89sw:

I use XP, so I can't comment on "run as administrator."

Why not just tell your dad he needs to fun a full-system scan from his administrator account?    If it takes a long time to run, then you (or he) can schedule it for a certain date and hours.    You can have him (or you can do it for him) go into the Settings menu at the Norton GUI, and you can schedule a weekly or monthly scan, etc. on a certain day and hour.    You can also specify how detailed you want each full system scan to be.   If you just want a one-time scan, you can set it up to do the scan say tomorrow, then afterwards go back into settings and turn off automatic scanning if you don't want it to repeat every week or month, etc.

Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

Hi caleb89sw,

You can open the Norton man UI:

On the top select "Settings" > "General" Tab > Left Section "Product Security" > "Non-Admins Access to Settings".

Maybe this can do what you are looking for.

Thanks and regards,

Anas.

Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

Ok, if I did schedule a scan, would I have to do it from his profile or mine? Also, would it work if someone's logged off or if someone logs on while it's scanning?
Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

I'm just a fellow user, and can only address NIS 12 under XP.  If it were me, I'd schedule the scan from the administrator's side.  There is an option to place a checkmark for "run the scan only when the computer is idle", as well as options for what your computer should do when the scan is finished, etc.  Otherwise, I don't know what happens if a user logs in during the scan.  Perhaps someone from Symantec will comment.

It is "possible" to schedule a full scan from the non-admin side, but only if your dad gives you access to the Norton settings in your user account.  Whether that would scan every file on the computer, I don't know--regular full scans from the non-admin side normally scan fewer files than the admin, and I don't know if having the settings access would change any of that or not.   My suspicion is that it wouldn't-- I would guess that a full scan from the user side is going to scan fewer files regardless.  But I don't know.  Perhaps someone from Symantec would know.  The safest way, in my opinion, to be sure that every file is scanned is to perform it from the admin side.  

NOTE:  If your dad does choose to allow "non-admin access to settings", it will be available to anyone who uses the computer.   So if there are multiple people using the computer, that can be pretty dangerous, with multiple people messing with settings, etc.  If I was your dad, I wouldn't do it.  That feature is most helpful when there is only 1 person using the computer--i.e, that 1 person has both an admin account and a user account.  It keeps that person from having to go back and forth between accounts to change a Norton setting..   There is the option of "password protection" of the settings, however, which would allow you and your dad to both access the settings, and preventing other computer users from accessing them.  I like to "password protect" any  access to settings anyway, just in the chance that if there is an intrusion and someone hacks or worms into the account, they can't access the settings and turn off Norton.

In either case, the settings will also allow you to select how complete you want the "full scan" to be: i.e, you will have the choice of "full scan", "standard trust", or "high trust".   Some of these settings skip files that Norton feels are "safe."  Click on the HELP button in the settings and it will give you information from the Norton website about that feature.  

You must have a reason for wanting to make this more complicated.  It would be much simpler if your dad just schedules an occasional full system scan from his admin side to run when the computer is idle.

Kudos0

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

The reason why this sounds so complicated is because I'm the only one who really deals with things related to Norton. My father doesn't use the computer much, let alone work with Norton. I'm sorry if this sounds like such an inconvenience, but I'm not trying to complicate things. All I want to know is if I can handle this on my own or not.

Kudos2 Stats

Re: Full System Scan on non-admin user profile.

You could also set up a completely new user account with administrator privileges.  You would need to do this through an existing administrator account (your dad's), but once set up, you could access the new account to run scans without having to log into your dad's account.

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