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Turn off Automatic Program Control

May 11, 2010

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. An alert occurs when an infected program tries to access your computer.

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.


When you turn off Automatic Program Control, a warning appears. Symantec recommends that Automatic Program Control remain turned 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.

After you turn off Automatic Program Control, you can turn on any Advanced Events Monitoring feature.



Note:

When you turn on any Advanced Events Monitoring feature, you are prompted with numerous firewall alerts.
When you turn on Automatic Program Control, the Advanced Events Monitoring features are disabled. The Advanced Events Monitoring settings that you configured are no longer applicable.
To turn off Automatic Program Control
  1. In the Norton Internet Security main window, in the Internet pane, click Settings.
  2. Under Smart Firewall, in the Advanced Settings row, click Configure.

    You might need to scroll the window to see the option.
  3. In the Advanced Settings window, in the Automatic Program Control row, move the On/Off switch to the right to the Off position.
  4. In the window that appears, click Yes.
  5. In the Settings window, click Apply.

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