Kill Symantec Antivirus Admin scheduled scan

Posted on 2007-10-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I have Symantec Antivirus installed on my company computer which has Win XP SP2. Admin has scheduled scan at 1.00 PM, which slows down my PC for 2-3 hours.

I cannot kill this process or re-schedule this scan. How can I get rid of this scan and rather scan it myself overnight?

I had Admin account on my network but that does not allow me to modify this Symantec Admin scans!!

The exe which eats up all my system memory is rtvscan.exe!!
Question by:Jignesh Thar
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    Accepted Solution

    Give this a go:

    To remove an administrative virus scan:
    Caution: Incorrect changes to the registry could result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. We strongly recommend that you back up the system registry before making any changes. For instructions, refer to Backing Up Your Registry in Windows 2000/XP ( Please make sure you modify only the keys specified in the instructions. If you need assistance, contact 4Help by using the Help Request Form ( or by calling (540) 231-HELP (4357).

       1. Click the Start button, and select Run.
       2. In the Open text box, type: regedit
       3. Click OK.
       4. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\INTEL\LANDesk\VirusProtect6\CurrentVersion\LocalScans\.
       5. Scheduled scans will have a name such as "clientscheduledscan_[N]". Select a scheduled scan to view its properties.
          Note: [N] is a sequential number used internally by Symantec AntiVirus.
       6. To verify that this is the scan you want to remove, in the right-hand window, read the data description next to StatusDialogTitle.
       7. Right-click the client scheduled scan you want to remove, and select Delete.
       8. To confirm the deletion, click the Yes button.
       9. Close the registry editor.
      10. Restart the Symantec AntiVirus service.
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    by:Jignesh Thar
    Burns2007Date - Thanks a lot for your solution. I am able to work on my system withiout scan now. I have manually schedule it to run in night after deleting it.

    I had posted this question on EE before but could not get rid of it. I am so happy!! I wish there was better grade than A.  You made my day.

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