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Correct me if I'm wrong but in my estimation it's a waste of time running out-going e-mail through Norton or whatever. If your system has been scanned by Norton and was found to be virus-free and all in-coming msgs are checked by Norton, then doesn't it stand to reason that your system is still clean, especially if no data was downloaded via CD or diskette? I can see no good reason to effectively double all out-going message time by scanning again.
What's wrong with my thinking here? (I do update Norton every few days)


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As I understand it, a virus can enter your computer through installed programs, shared disks, newsgroups and other such sources.

If a virus enters the computer through some way other than email, it would not be found unless you run a virus scan on your hard drive.

Checking the outgoing email keeps any infection from being passed on to others you email.

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You are right I think, except for the possibility of an unrecognized virus mutation into a recognizable e-mail version. One other way that could happen is if you get infected before an update, don't scan the whole system, then the trojan or whatever activates after you've gotten current, in which case, NAV would catch the outgoing emails. I only see about 1-2 seconds on an outgoing scan, not a big deal for me, considering the time I spend every day checking for new NAV definitions.

BTW, Live Update only presents new definitions about every 3-5 days, "Intelligent Updater" makes them available for download as soon as they are posted, so far this week, there were updates this way on 5/1, 5/2, 5/7, 5/9, 5/10, 5/13, and 5/15; Live update only went available 2 maybe 3 times in same interval.
see http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/download.html
for the comparison, and link to the updates. Drop back the the symantec home page and check the "expanded threat list" for info on how they are comming thick and fast right now. Scarry.



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