Shutdown Problems When Auto-Protect Is Enabled in Norton AntiVirus

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When you attempt to shut down Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Me), your computer may stop responding (hang).


This behavior can occur if you are using Symantec Norton AntiVirus with the Auto-Protect feature enabled.


Warning This workaround may make your computer or your network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.

Note An antivirus program is designed to help protect your computer from viruses. You must not download or open files from sources that you do not trust, visit Web sites that you do not trust, or open e-mail attachments when your antivirus program is disabled.

For additional information about computer viruses, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129972Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery
To work around this behavior, use either of the following methods:
  • Disable the Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect feature.
  • Obtain the latest LiveUpdate for Norton AntiVirus (Symevnt.exe) from the Symantec Web site. For more information about how to obtain LiveUpdate files, contact Symantec Technical Support.


Microsoft has confirmed that this behavior is not caused by a problem in Windows 98 or Windows Me, but may be caused by design changes in Windows 98 or Windows Me. For more information about resolving this issue, contact the program's manufacturer.

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For more information about hardware and software vendor contact information, visit the following Microsoft Web site: -  
If this article does not describe your shutdown-related issue, please see the following Microsoft Web site to view more articles about shutting down Windows 98:
Click here to view a list of shutdown articles

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.


Article ID: 187324 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 5.0
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