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Turn off or turn on Download Intelligence

May 22, 2010

Download Insight analyzes any executable file that you downloaded and notifies you about its reputation level. By default, Download Insight prompts you to select an action that Norton Internet Security must perform on a file of unknown reputation level. In the case of unsafe files, Auto-Protect removes them from your computer without alerting you. In the case of safe files, Auto-Protect allows the execution of the safe files. This way, Norton Internet Security protects your computer against any unsafe file that you may run or execute after you download it using a Web browser.

You can use the Download Intelligence option to turn on or turn off Download Insight. By default, this option is turned on. You can turn it off and then specify the amount of time it should remain turned off. After that time limit, the Download Insight feature turns on automatically. To ensure that your computer remains protected, you can turn on this feature manually before the specified time frame concludes. When Download Insight is turned off, Auto-Protect does not analyze any executable file that you download. Turning off Download Insight reduces your computer's security.


You can turn off or turn on the Download Intelligence option from the Settings window or from the Norton Internet Security main window.

To turn off Download Intelligence
  1. In the Norton Internet Security main window, in the Web pane, click Settings.
  2. In the Download Intelligence row, move the On/Off switch to the right to the Off position.
  3. In the Settings window, click Apply.
  4. In the Select the duration drop-down list, select how long you want to turn off Download Insight, and then click OK.
To turn on Download Intelligence
  1. In the Norton Internet Security main window, in the Web pane, click Settings.
  2. In the Download Intelligence row, move the On/Off switch to the left to the On position.
  3. In the Settings window, click Apply.

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