Symantec Protection Engine (SPE) 7.5 or 7.8 service stops within seconds of the service starting.
The SymantecProtectionEngineAbortLog.txt contains:
2017/02/01-10:24:44 301 XML path not found : report.xml:/report/SinceInstall/VirusFound/@value.
2017/02/01-10:24:44 0 Symantec Protection Engine is shutting down; logs may contain more information.
The default locations for the SymantecProtectionEngineAbortLog.txt are
There was a problem with the report.xml.
This issue has been resolved in SPE 7.8.1 and later.
Workarounds for older versions:
Wrong version? For SPE 7.9 and later, see:
Title: 198647 - Protection Engine service stops unexpectedly during service start