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Title: What is the ADScan.exe process in SES

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Article ID: 239023

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Products

Endpoint Security Complete

Issue/Introduction

What is the purpose of ADScan.exe process and how often does it run on the clients?

Environment

Release : 14.3 RU4

Resolution

ADScan.exe process is a component of the App Discovery Feature from Hardening in 14.3 RU4.   Hardening is a behavioral engine used to reduce the attack surface on the endpoint.  The Hardening engine has App Control feature which controls what processes are allowed to run on the endpoint.

  • The ADScan process performs the scanning for applications and binary files on the endpoint.  
  • The ADScan process is launched by the Symantec Endpoint Foundation (SEF). AD engine for a scheduled scan, and to retrieve App Discovery data for an App Discovery retrieval command.
  • When launched for a scan, ADScan performs the scan, updates a local database, and generates full and delta app discovery result files.
  • The ADScan process receives the scan settings from the scanner.ini file which it receives on the command line.
  • The App Discovery retrieval request will also spawn an ADScan.exe.  

 

The Frequency of discovery of files and other items on your devices:

  • Full Disk Scan Non-System Drives Once a Month (The 20th day of the Month)
  • Full Disk Scan System Drive Once a Month (The 10th day of the Month)
  • Well Known Scan Once a Day (3AM Daily)