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What functions of the Endpoint Protection client are disabled by the smc -stop command?


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Endpoint Protection


You want to know how stopping SMC will affect the Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) client.


Issuing the smc -stop command stops the Symantec Management Client (SMC) and the Symantec Endpoint Protection service (ccSvcHst.exe).

For example:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\smc.exe -stop

Stopping SMC disables the following features in all versions of SEP:

  • Client-Server communications
  • Automatic content updates
  • Client notifications
  • Network Threat Protection (NTP) Firewall
  • Client Intrusion Detection System (CIDS)
  • Application and Device Control
  • Host Integrity

Stopping SMC disables the following features in SEP 14 and newer. In SEP 12.1.x these features are still enabled but no client notifications will be generated.

  • Auto-Protect
  • Proactive Threat Protection: SONAR and Device Control
  • Download Insight
  • Email Auto-Protect

In all versions of SEP when SMC is stopped the following feature is still enabled but no client notifications will be generated.

  • Tamper Protection

To restart SMC use -start command line:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\smc.exe -start