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Configure devices for Antivirus protection

Before managed devices can be scanned for viruses and cleaned, they must have the Antivirus agent installed. You can do this either during initial device agent configuration or with a separate installation or update task.

Considerations regarding Antivirus deployment

If you deploy Antivirus to a device that already has another antivirus solution installed and running, Antivirus does not enable its real-time protection functionality in order to avoid any potential software conflicts. Once you remove the other antivirus product, you can enable Antivirus real-time antivirus protection.

You can choose to automatically remove existing antivirus software from target devices when deploying LANDESK Antivirus, either during initial agent configuration or as a separate Antivirus install/update task.

IMPORTANT: Clear password protected antivirus software
If the existing antivirus software product is password protected, you must first clear the password before LANDESK Antivirus can uninstall the software.

Configure devices for Antivirus protection

To configure devices with Antivirus via an agent configuration
  1. In the console, click Tools > Configuration > Agent Configuration.
  2. Click the New Windows toolbar button.
  3. After specifying your desired settings for the agent configuration, you must first click the Start page, and select the LANDESK Antivirus option. Now you can access the options on the LANDESK Antivirus page.
  4. Click the Security and Compliance group, and then click LANDESK Antivirus.
  5. If you want to automatically remove an existing antivirus product from target devices, select the Remove existing antivirus agent option.
  6. Select an antivirus setting from the available list to apply it to the agent configuration you're creating. You can create new settings or edit existing settings by clicking Configure. Antivirus settings determine whether the Antivirus icon appears in the device system tray, availability of interactive options to end users, email scan and real-time protection enabling, file types to scan, files and folders to exclude, infected file quarantine and backup, scheduled antivirus scans, and scheduled virus definition file updates.
  7. Finish specifying any other settings for the agent configuration and then click Save.

You can also configure devices for Antivirus with the Security Configurations tool.

Use the Security Configurations tool

If you want to install or update Antivirus at a later time, you can do so as a separate task from the console.

Use the Security Configurations tool (Tools > Security and Compliance> Agent settings) to create install or update tasks, remove tasks, and antivirus definition file update and scan tasks.

To install or update Antivirus as a separate task
  1. In the console, click Tools > Security and compliance> Agent settings.
  2. Click the Create a task toolbar button, and then click Install/Update security components.
  3. Enter a name for the task.
  4. Specify whether the installation is a scheduled task or a policy-based task, or both.
  5. Select the component you want to install, in this case select LANDESK Antivirus. You can select an antivirus setting from the available list to apply it to the task you're creating. You can also create new settings or edit existing antivirus settings.
  6. If you want to display the installation progress in the security scanner dialog on target devices, select the Show progress dialog on client option.
  7. If you want to automatically remove an existing antivirus product from target devices, select the Remove existing antivirus agent option.
  8. Select a scan and repair setting from the available list to apply its reboot configuration to the task you're creating. You can create new settings or edit existing settings by clicking Configure. The task will use the selected scan and repair settings' reboot options only, which determine reboot requirements and actions on targeted devices during Antivirus agent installation.
  9. Click OK.

 


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