Checking remotely for updates to Symantec antivirus definition files probably involves using the Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition management interface – in other words, it's probably not possible to do this automatically using desktop editions of the product. You would need to check with Symantec directly to see if this is possible.
It might also be possible to use a Group Policy to run a script (either a VBScript or a batch file) that examines the file time/date of the antivirus program's pattern definition file to see if it matches or is later than one you have on file. (I'm unfortunately not much of programmer, or I'd be happy to throw together a sample script to demonstrate how to do this!)
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