12-18-2011 10:04 AM
Hi all. I live in South Africa so our internet is limited and I keep having programs downloading updates in the background or just going online and using all my data unnecessarily. How do I block traffic and get notifications when a program tries to go online. And let only the programs I choose through. PLEASE HELP
12-18-2011 10:41 AM - edited 12-18-2011 11:00 AM
Welcome to the Norton community:
Could you let us know what Norton product (NIS/NAV or N360) and version number (found at Support | About) you have installed on your PC, as well as your Windows OS?
Just to get you started, if you have programs automatically trying to download updates, it's usually best just to turn off the automatic updates from inside the software itself. Depending on the software program, you can often find this configuration setting at Tools | Options | Updates. Utilities like the FileHippo Update Checker can then be run intermittently to check for updates for common free software programs like Adobe Flash, Java, VLC Media Player, Firefox, etc. supported by their site.
If you have NIS or N360, the Smart Firewall that comes with these Norton products can be configured to block most programs at Settings | Network Settings | Smart Firewall | Program Control | Configure) but choosing Block will block all network traffic and may cause some unexpected problems when you actually want to run these programs.
There is a new feature in NIS 2012 called Metered Bandwidth and according to the article here titled What's New in Norton Internet Security 2012 this feature is built into NAV 2012 as well. See Symantec employee michaell's post here for more details to see if Metered Bandwidth could also be used to control how your Norton background tasks like Automatic LiveUpdate uses bandwidth on your Internet connection.