Symcscan simply will not start. Its status is disabled every time After rebooting Windows, starting the service displays error 1053.
SPE 7.9.x or 8.x is installed
On Windows, the following error appears either as a dialog box within services.msc or in the Application Log of the Windows Event Viewer:
Windows could not start the Symantec Protection Engine service on Local Computer.
Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start of control request in a timely fashion.
To identify the specific error
To attempt to start the Protection Engine service
To look for the most recent error in ScanEngineAbortLog.txt
NOTE: In the example output above, the configuration.xml file is corrupt, preventing the start of the Protection Engine service. Usually, this sort of corruption occurs when you directly edit the .xml files which contain the configuration of SPE, instead of using xmlmodifier.exe. Support almost never sees this as a support case. Expect that your error and cause is different.
What if SPE failed to start but did not create an abort log?