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Configure Data Protector to block malicious processes affecting your PC

Data Protector protects your PC from malicious processes that intend to destabilize your PC, corrupt and/or steal your data and propagate the malicious nature to other good processes. You can add more folders, extensions, and can also exclude processes for scanning and protection.

Turning off this feature reduces your PC protection. So, we recommend you to keep this feature turned on always.

Turn off or turn on Data Protector

  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 > Antivirus.

  3. In the Antivirus window, click the Data Protector tab.

  4. In the Data Protector row, move the On/Off switch to On or Off.

  5. In the Show Notifications row, do one of the following:

    • Move the switch to On to notify you every time Data Protector blocks a threat.

    • Move the switch to Off to suppress notifications. However, you can see the details of blocked threats in the Security History window.

      To access the Security History window, in the Norton product main window, double-click Security and then click History > Data Protector.

  6. Click Apply.

  7. If prompted, select the duration until when you want the Data Protector feature to be turned off, and click OK.

Add or edit a folder for Data Protector protection

  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 > Antivirus.

  3. In the Antivirus window, click the Data Protector tab.

  4. In the Data Protector row, move the On/Off switch to On.

  5. To add or edit a folder, do the following:

    • Next to Protected Folders, click Configure.

    • In the Protected Folders window, do the following:

      • To include a new item, click Add.

      • To change an existing item, choose the item and then click Edit to modify it.

        You cannot edit a preset folder.

    • In the Add Item or Edit Item window, click to browse and select the folder.
    • Click the check box to include the subfolders.

    • Click OK.

  6. Click Apply and then click OK.

Add an extension for Data Protector protection

  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 > Antivirus.

  3. In the Antivirus window, click the Data Protector tab.

  4. In the Data Protector row, move the On/Off switch to On.

  5. To add an extension, do the following:

    • Next to Protected File Types, click Configure.

    • In the Protected File Types window, click Add.

    • In the Add Item window, type the extension that you want to protect. For example, if you want to protect executable files, type .exe in the box. All files with the .exe extension, anywhere on the PC, are protected.

    • Click OK.

  6. Click Apply and then click OK.

Remove a folder or an extension from Data Protector

  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 > Antivirus.

  3. In the Antivirus window, click the Data Protector tab.

  4. In the Data Protector row, move the On/Off switch to On.

  5. Next to Protected Folders or Protected File Types, click Configure.

  6. On the Protected Folders or Protected File Types window, choose the item that you want to remove.

    You cannot remove a preset folder or extension.

  7. Click Remove.

  8. Click Apply and then click OK.

Add or remove a process from Data Protector exclusion

  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 > Antivirus.

  3. In the Antivirus window, click the Data Protector tab.

  4. In the Data Protector row, move the On/Off switch to On.

  5. On the Process Exclusion row, click Configure and do the following:

    • To add a process for Data Protector exclusion, click Add and then choose the process.

    • To remove a process from Data Protector exclusion, click the process and then click Remove.

  6. Click Apply and then click OK.

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DOCID: v130571264
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 08/09/2022