Turn off Automatic Program Control

Automatic Program Control automatically configures Internet access settings for Web-enabled programs the first time that they run. When a program tries to access the Internet for the first time, Automatic Program Control creates rules for it.

Automatic Program Control configures Internet access only for the versions of programs that Symantec recognizes as safe. By default, an alert occurs when an unproven application tries to access the network. If an infected application tries to access the network, Norton Firewall automatically block network access for that application.

If you want to determine the Internet access settings for your programs, you can turn off Automatic Program Control. When a program tries to access the Internet for the first time, an alert prompts you to configure access settings.

Symantec recommends that Automatic Program Control remain set to On. By turning it off, you might make the incorrect decisions that can allow malicious programs to run or block critical Internet programs and functions.

Turn off Automatic Program Control

  1. In the Norton main window, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings window, under Detailed Settings, click Firewall.

  3. In the Firewall settings window, click Advanced Program Control.

  4. In the Automatic Program Control row, move the On/Off switch to Off.

  5. Click Apply.

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DOCID: v1028052_ns_retail_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 12/13/2016