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I would like to temporarily disable Norton anti virus. I know that this is done by right clicking the Norton icon in the Windows tray and then clicking enable/disable.

What I would like to do is write a program that handles this "clicking" so to say for me. I am just completely unsure how to do this. I started by writing a script that simply moves the mouse and does the clicking, however this does not work very well and only half the time.

Is there any better way to do this? By for example sending input to Norton that signals it to temporarily disable live scan?

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If it were easy to do this, Malware would have no problem disabling Norton to do its nasty deeds, it is meant to be difficult to disable without user interaction. –  Moab Jun 2 '11 at 15:05
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If there is no password protection, smc -stop should do the trick.

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this suggests it doesn't disable AV: symantec.com/connect/forums/smc-stop-command-line-function –  Rory Mar 25 '13 at 20:37
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I use the corporate version, so I am not sure if the service name is the same. You can check here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services(name of service...you may have to search for Symantec)

Write a small batch file (name it stop_SEP.bat) with the following command: net stop "Symantec AntiVirus"

You can set the time within the program for how long it stays stopped before automatically restarting. The default on the corporate version is 5 minutes. It is probably somewhere like this: Change Settings>File System Auto-Protect>Advanced>When Auto-Protect is disabled, enable after

If you disable automatic restarts totally, you can create start_SEP.bat with this command: net start "Symantec AntiVirus".

Put them, or a shortcut to them in a convenient place.

If this works for you, please come back and mark the question as answered.

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