How to Allow Programs to Not Get Blocked on Norton

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Norton's Antivirus scans all programs run on your computer and blocks any suspicious applications. To allow all programs access to your computer, you must temporarily disable the antivirus software. Users and network administrators disable Norton Antivirus when they want to install software that creates a false-positive in the antivirus software. Some network administrators set up test labs for virus software, so disabling the antivirus software allows you to experiment with any suspicious software.

  • Right-click the Norton Antivirus icon located in the Windows system tray. A popup menu displays. If the icon is not in the system tray, then click the Windows "Start" button and select "All Programs." Click "Symantec," then click "Norton Antivirus" to open the software.

  • Click the "Disable" popup item or the "Disable" option in the main Norton control window. Notice a red warning displays, showing you that the antivirus software is disabled.

  • Minimize the window, which places the Norton Antivirus icon back in the system tray. To re-enable the software, right-click the system tray icon and select "Enable."

Tips & Warnings

  • Allowing all programs access to your computer means you are susceptible to virus threats. Ensure you re-enable the antivirus software before installing any software or browsing the Internet.

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