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    Norton idle time scans

    Dear Norton Security Users:

    I recently downloaded updates to my Norton Internet Security suite. I then went to schedule a weekly scan, as I had done on my previous computer, but Norton told me that idle time scans were currently running and that if I scheduled weekly scans, idle time scans would no longer run. I assume an idle time scan is a computer scan that runs when I am not using my computer.

    Does anyone use these? Is it better to run weekly scans? If leaving idle time scans functional, will Norton be able to get to scan all of my folders, since the time I am idle on my computer is minimal?

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    Re: Norton idle time scans

    I'm using the idle time scans and they seem to work just fine. It's really up to you however. As you know, a weekly scheduled scan can take a fair bit of time, and during that scan, performance of other operations is affected. The idle time scans, on the other hand, have no impact on performance.
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    Re: Norton idle time scans

    My main concern with the idle scans it that they may never get around to scanning the entire computer or they will only do so infrequently if I rarely leave the computer idle. In contrast, the weekly scans will scan every file at least once a week. Looking at the history of my idle time scans, I can see that there are full system results only on 11.12.08, 12.8.08, 12.22.08, and 1.4.09, which obviously is not as frequent as weekly scans.

    What do you opine?

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    Re: Norton idle time scans

    I'm really not too concerned with the weekly scans (or the idle time scans). In all of the years when I ran the full weekly scans, nothing of any significance was ever found. Norton protection (real time) has performed as it should, and has intercepted and eliminated any threats which may have been directed my way. In reality, I found the weekly scans to be a PITA - slowing down my computers during the scans and never finding anything menacing. I often canceled these scans if I was working on something pressing during these periods. Now, I'm quite content to go with the idle time scans.
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    Re: Norton idle time scans

    I agree with John - the scans rarely find anything. The real time active protection is more important.

    To minimize the annoyance of scans, I schedule full system scans overnight, while I am asleep.
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    Re: Norton idle time scans

    None of the scans I run ever finds anything either, but although it probably wouldn't hurt to skip them, I still run them as a kind of insurance - you never know - just like I faithfully make backups without ever needing them <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>.
    I have scheduled various scans to be run at night, so they don't affect performance while I use my computer.

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    Re: Norton idle time scans

    Yes - the scans are a "kind of insurance". The "idle time scans" in NIS 2009 really eliminate the need for scheduled scans however. The scan begins after a period of inactivity (this can be set by the user) and runs until activity is detected. If the scan has not competed, the next idle time scan will resume from where it left off the last time (etc.). To me, this is a great feature of the 2009 products.
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    Re: Norton idle time scans

    That sounds good to me.

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