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Configuring Norton Internet Security settings

The default Norton Internet Security settings provide a safe, automatic, and efficient way to protect your computer. If you want to change or customize your protection, you can access most features from the main window.

If you want to control additional settings, such as Trust Control or Program Control, you can use the Norton Internet Security Settings window.

To configure Norton Internet Security settings for individual features

  1. In the Norton Internet Security main window, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings window, click any of the settings tab to open it.

  3. Move the switch to the desired position.

  4. Click Configure for the feature that you want to change.

  5. In the window that appears, make the necessary changes, and then click OK.

  6. To apply the default settings in a specific section, click Use Section Defaults on the tab.

  7. In the Settings window, do one of the following:

    • To save your changes and close the Settings window, click OK.

    • To save your changes without closing the Settings window, click Apply.

    • To apply the default settings, click Default All, and then click OK or Apply.

  8. If Security Request dialog box appears, select the duration for how long you want to turn off a feature, and then click OK.

To configure Norton Internet Security Settings

  1. In the Norton Internet Security main window, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings window, configure your settings in the following tabs:


    Lets you configure how you want Norton Internet Security to scan your computer for viruses and other security threats.

    You can also configure Norton Internet Security to obtain regular updates for complete protection of your computer. You can include additional protection to your computer by using the most recent definitions from Cloud during scans.

    Your options are:

    • AntiVirus and SONAR Exclusions

    • Computer Scan

    • Real Time Protection

    • Updates


    Lets you configure how you want Norton Internet Security to monitor your network activities.

    You can protect your computer against the threats that you might receive through email attachments, instant messaging program attachments. You can also configure the communication port that Norton products use to communicate with each other.

    In addition, you can protect your computer against intrusion attempts and unauthorized traffic. You can also configure Norton AntiSpam options to filter out unsolicited email messages.

    Your options are:

    • Intrusion Prevention

    • Message Protection

    • Network Security Settings

    • Smart Firewall


    Lets you safeguard your sensitive information and online transactions.

    You can manage your login information, such as email login credentials and your financial information, such as credit card details. You can also manage other personal information, such as social security number or driver's license number. You can also safely browse the Internet.

    In addition, you can protect your Web browser against attacks by malicious Web sites. You can also configure Norton Internet Security to indicate whether the executable file that you download is safe to install or not.

    Your options are:

    • Browser Protection

    • Download Intelligence

    • Identity Safe

    • Safe Surfing


    Lets you configure the appearance and security of your product.

    In addition, you can configure how Norton Internet Security submits risk details to Symantec. You can specify your proxy settings to obtain definition updates. You can also configure Silent Mode, Performance Monitoring, Idle Time Out duration, Monthly Report, and other miscellaneous options.

    Your options are:

    • Norton Tasks

    • Other Settings

    • Performance Monitoring

    • Product Security

    • Silent Mode Settings

If you set a password to access the Settings window, you must enter the password to view or configure settings even if you are an administrator. Therefore, ensure that you set an easy password. However, if you forget your settings password, you can reset the password in the window that appears when you choose to uninstall Norton Internet Security. You need not uninstall the product to reset your password. You can use the reset settings password option in the uninstall preference window to reset your password.

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DOCID: v1028331_NIS_Retail_2012_en_us
Operating System: Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows XP
Last modified: 11/07/2011