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How to Disable Norton Antivirus

Disable Norton temporarily or permanently to make your PC faster

Norton Antivirus protects your computer from various types of malware and other malicious attacks designed to obtain your personal information or simply cause damage to your device. Sometimes it can be overprotective, preventing programs you really trust from performing their necessary functions. In these cases, you need to disable Norton at least temporarily.

The instructions in this article are for Windows 10 and macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and later.

Disable Norton Antivirus in Windows

If you need to temporarily disable Norton while performing a task, follow the steps below.

Your PC is vulnerable when Auto-Protect is turned off, so be aware of the websites you visit or actions you take during this time.

Right-click Norton Security icon, located in the notification area of ​​the Windows taskbar.

When the pop-up menu appears, select Disable automatic protection

A sort of Safety requirements: The dialog should now appear as an overlay on the desktop and other running applications.Select the drop down menu marked as Choose a duration

Screenshot of Norton Security Antivirus settings window

Choose how long you want Norton Auto-Protect to remain disabled by selecting one of the following options: 15 minutes1 hour5 hoursuntil the system restarts either Everlasting

To completely disable Norton virus protection indefinitely, select Everlasting options.

choose OK Disable Norton protection for the specified time.

To re-enable Norton protection at any time before the specified time, repeat steps 1 and 2 above, then select Enable automatic protection

Disable Norton Firewall in Windows

In addition to disabling Norton antivirus protection, you can also disable the firewall. This can be useful if you use a different firewall (such as the built-in version of Windows), or if you need to allow all inbound and outbound traffic from your PC for a period of time.

Disabling the firewall can be dangerous, so proceed with caution.To do this, just follow the steps above, replacing automatic protection of Smart Firewall where appropriate.

Start Norton.

choose set up

choose firewall

the following General configurationexist Smart Firewallcurvature go out by flipping a switch.

choose Apply

You may be asked for the duration, select the amount of time, then select OK

Disable Norton Antivirus on macOS

Disabling antivirus protection can be dangerous, so proceed with caution.

choose Norton Security, in your macOS Dock. It appears as a yellow circle with a white interior and a black checkmark in the foreground.

this Norton Security The interface should now appear as an overlay on your desktop.

Screenshot of Norton Security Dashboard on macOS

choose advanced

choose protect my macin the left menu (if not already selected).

Screenshot of Norton Security's virus scan settings on macOS

make sure auto scan yes Inactive scan Options are disabled (grayed out).

As long as these security features are disabled, your Mac is vulnerable, so be aware of the websites you visit or what you do in the meantime.

Repeat these steps and disable both to re-enable Norton virus protection at any time. auto scan yes Inactive scan Select the options again by selecting their respective settings.

Disable Norton Firewall on macOS

Disabling the firewall can be dangerous, so proceed with caution.

choose Norton Security, in your macOS Dock. It appears as a yellow circle with a white interior and a black checkmark in the foreground.

this Norton Security The interface should now appear as an overlay on your desktop.

Screenshot of Norton Security Dashboard on macOS

choose advanced

choose firewallLocated in the left menu panel.

Disabled (greyed out) option connection lock yes Prevent vulnerabilities.

Screenshot of Norton Security firewall interface on macOS

If you want to re-enable Norton Firewall at any time, repeat these steps and disable both. auto scan yes Inactive scan Select the option again by selecting the respective switch.

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How to Disable Norton Antivirus

Temporarily turn off or permanently disable Norton to speed up your PC

Norton antivirus software protects your computer from various types of malware and other nefarious attacks intended to obtain your personal information or simply wreak havoc on your device. Occasionally it can be too protective and block programs that you actually do trust from performing their necessary duties. In those cases, you’ll want to turn off Norton at least temporarily.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10 and macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and higher.
How to Disable Norton Antivirus in Windows

When you need to temporarily turn off Norton while you accomplish the tasks at hand, follow these steps.

Your PC is vulnerable while Auto-Protect is turned off, so be wary of what websites you visit or actions you take during this time period.

Right-click the Norton Security icon, located in the notification section of your Windows taskbar.

When the pop-up menu appears, select Disable Auto-Protect.

A Security Request dialog should now appear, overlaying your desktop and other active applications. Select the drop-down menu labeled Select the duration.

Choose the amount of time that you’d like Norton’s Auto-Protect functionality to remain off by selecting one of the following options: 15 minutes, 1 hour, 5 hours, Until system restart or Permanently.

If you’d like to completely disable Norton’s antivirus protection for an indeterminate period of time, select the Permanently option.

Select OK to turn off Norton protection for the specified duration.

If you’d like to re-enable Norton protection at any point prior to the time specified, repeat steps 1 and 2 above and select Enable Auto-Protect.

How to Disable Norton Firewall in Windows

In addition to turning off Norton’s antivirus protection, you may also want to disable its firewall as well. This could be useful if you’re using another firewall instead, such as the built-in Windows version, or if you have a need to allow all incoming and outgoing traffic to your PC for a specific amount of time. 

Disabling your firewall could prove dangerous, so proceed with caution. To do so, simply follow the steps above, replacing Auto-Protect with Smart Firewall where applicable.

Start Norton.

Select Settings.

Select Firewall.

Under General Settings, in Smart Firewall, turn Off by toggling switch.

Select Apply.

You may get prompted for a duration, select the amount of time then select OK.

How to Disable Norton Antivirus in macOS

Disabling your antivirus protection could prove dangerous, so proceed with caution.

Select Norton Security, located in your macOS Dock. It appears as a yellow circle with a white interior and a black check mark in its foreground. 

The Norton Security interface should now be displayed, overlaying your desktop.

Select Advanced.

Select Protect My Mac, located in the left menu, if it’s not already selected.

Ensure that Automatic Scans and Idle Scans options are disabled (gray).

Your Mac is vulnerable while these protection features are turned off, so be wary of what websites you visit or actions you take during this time period.

To re-enable Norton virus protection at any point, repeat these steps and turn both Automatic Scans and Idle Scans options back on by selecting their respective settings.

How to Disable Norton Firewall in macOS

Disabling your firewall could prove dangerous, so proceed with caution.

Select Norton Security, located in your macOS Dock. It appears as a yellow circle with a white interior and a black check mark in its foreground.

The Norton Security interface should now be displayed, overlaying your desktop.

Select Advanced.

Select Firewall, located in the left menu pane.

Toggle off (gray) the options for Connection Blocking and Vulnerability Protection.

To re-enable Norton’s firewall at any point, repeat these steps and turn both Automatic Scans and Idle Scans options back on by selecting their respective toggles.

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