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Automatic Program Control

The Automatic Program Control feature automatically configures Internet access settings for web-enabled programs the first time that they run. When a program attempts to access Internet for the first time, Automatic Program Control creates a rule for it.

Automatic Program Control configures network access only for the versions of programs that Symantec recognizes as safe. Norton blocks any infected program that attempts to access the Internet, irrespective of whether Automatic Program Control is turned on or off. In this case, Norton then notifies you that the application has been blocked.

You have the following options:

  • On

    Allows Norton to automatically take decisions when a program receives inbound or outbound traffic. When you select this option, Norton does not prompt you with any firewall alerts.

  • Off

    Turns off Automatic Program Control. If you have selected this option, you must manually specify the Internet access settings for all inbound traffic and outbound traffic in the firewall alerts.

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

If you want to manually specify 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. You can set Automatic Program Control to On if you do not want to receive any such alerts.

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DOCID: v15457333_ns_retail_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 02/08/2019