Firewall programs protect your computer from being accessed by computers outside of your home network. While a firewall should normally be left on at all times, there are instances when it can interfere with specific programs that access the Internet, such as online computer games. When your Norton firewall prevents software from running, it can be temporarily disabled. The firewall is turned off differently depending on whether you are running just the Norton Firewall program or the Norton Internet Security suite.
Open the Norton Internet Security program. Click "User Accounts" on the left side of the window if you are not currently logged into the Norton program with a supervisor account.
Click "Log Off" and then select "Yes." Click "Log On" and then select "Supervisor." Type in the supervisor password and click "OK."
Click the "Status and Settings" link on the left side of the Norton window. Navigate to "Security" and then click "Turn Off."
Return to the "Security" window and click "Turn On" to turn the firewall back on.
Norton Firewall Only
Open the Norton Firewall program and click the "Status and Settings" link on the left side of the window.
Click "Security." Select the "Turn Off" option to disable the firewall program.
Return to the "Security" area and select "Turn On" to enable the firewall again.
- Instead of disabling and enabling the firewall every time you need to access a specific program, it is possible to set a rule so that the firewall always allows access to the program. Click "Program Control." Locate the program you want to allow through the firewall in the list of options. Click the name, choose "Remove" and then "Yes."
- Disabling the firewall will leave your computer vulnerable to potential access from outside computer systems.
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