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Control network bandwidth using Network Cost Awareness

Network Cost Awareness lets you control the network bandwidth Norton uses. By default, Network Cost Awareness is turned on and set to No Limit. In Windows 8 or later, the default policy is Auto. You can change the default Network Cost Awareness setting to reduce the bandwidth Norton uses if your Internet connection is slow.

If you do not want to restrict the Internet usage of Norton, you can either turn off Network Cost Awareness or you can set the network policy to No Limit.

Limit the bandwidth that Norton uses

  1. Open your Norton device security product.

    If you see the My Norton window, next to Device Security, click Open.

  2. In the Norton product main window, click Settings.

  3. In the Settings window, click Firewall.

  4. On the General Settings tab, in the Network Cost Awareness row, click Configure. If the Configure option is disabled, move the On/Off switch to On.

  5. In the Network Cost Awareness settings window, under the Policy column, click the drop-down list next to the network connection for which you want to set up a policy.

  6. Select one of the following:

    • Auto Allows Norton to receive all product and virus definition updates based on the Windows cost awareness policy.

      The Auto option is available only in Windows 8 or later.

    • No Limit Allows Norton to use the required network bandwidth to receive all product and virus definition updates. If you use Windows 7 or earlier, the default policy is No Limit.

    • Economy Allows Norton to access the Internet only to receive critical product updates and virus definitions. If you have a limited Internet connection, Economy ensures you are protected from critical security threats.

    • No Traffic Blocks Norton from connecting to the Internet. If you choose this policy, Norton cannot receive critical virus definitions and program updates, which can lead to potential dangers and virus attacks.

  7. Click Apply, and then click OK.

  8. In the Settings window, click Close.

The Network Cost Awareness option lets you set up policies to restrict the Internet usage of Norton. You can define the amount of network bandwidth that Norton can use.

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DOCID: v54476847
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 09/06/2023