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Kudos0

Minimize Protection

I noticed that Norton seems to take many resources during my day (mostly pegging my disc space and sometimes the most active app for memory) when not much is going on.  I know turning things off means that I will have less protection, but please provide me with some rules of thumb for what is critical and what I can turn off most of the time. 

I am not surfing the net.  I am using TradeStation and ThinkOrSwim for data feeds and stock trading.  Can I except certain programs?  I doubt TD Ameritrade or TradeStation will try to hack me while I'm live.

PLEASE.  I NEED TO RELIEVE the disk action.  What is the meaning of the major Norton items I can TURN OFF to decrease the exhorbitant disk and memory requirements.  Please also classify what functions are internet related, and which are scanning unnecessarily for files on my disk WHICH DON'T CHANGE.  I BARELY EVER DOWNLOAD NEW STUFF nor SURF THE NET.

I don't want you to incur liability by stating I can turn something off, but there must be some happy medium to lower my overhead.

Thank you

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Kudos0

Re: Minimize Protection

Norton is actually quite light these days if you're using the latest version.  If you never leave your machine idle long enough for Norton to run its background tasks it will eventually run them while you are using your machine.

Before disabling Norton, I'd suggest leaving the machine idle for around half an hour each day to allow those background tasks to complete.

Edit:  If that doesn't help you can also try right clicking the Tray icon and clicking on Turn on Silent Mode > set a duration of your liking.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Minimize Protection

I noticed that Norton seems to take many resources during my day (mostly pegging my disc space and sometimes the most active app for memory) when not much is going on.

It also depends on what you mean by not much going on. If you mean you are not actively using your  system, Norton is doing what is designed to do by using the idle time to complete background tasks. Does this activity stop when you start actively using the system again?

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Minimize Protection

I apologize I wasn't clear.  Great product and doing what it should for general public, but I want to do more timely and efficient customization and risk assessment on my own end.

I am trying to use my data intensive applications which grind almost to a halt (they show low activity, but Norton is taking about 500% of their current resources).  What I meant by "not much going on" was there should not be any activity that promotes inter net or virus risk, like general surfing or downloading.

I am advanced IT computer user and I am not a security expert like you, but I honestly don't need Norton to watch the data feed from the internet that is coming from a safe source connection like a bank or trading platform.  If they are hacking me, I'll have a lot bigger worries.

Can I EXEMPT PROGRAMS from Norton and firewalls?  I would also like to turn it on and off at will (ON when I surf or download) and maybe do a late night hard drive scan 1/week.  I have tried to configure many items, but it is very step intensive time consuming and not very user friendly to know which Norton item is checking what, turning on and off items (time consuming to go into your app and uncheck boxes, etc.), and I CAN'T KILL IT when it seems to be draining resources.

Like your Norton automatic update - I don't need that and will manually check for updates every few days.  A risk I'm willing to take.

SUMMARY: NEED APPLICATION EXEMPTION, QUICKLY TURN ON-OFF ALL AT ONCE, & KILL.

Thank you!

Kudos0

Re: Minimize Protection

Try the silent mode option suggested by Krusty13. That stops background tasks from running while it is turned on.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Minimize Protection

I have turned ON SIlent Mode and will monitor.  I have great faith in the product so I thank you for that, but can we go a few steps further?

Again, I have looked up every function title on the internet ("AutoProtect", "SONAR", etc.) of  but it's not clear what each does and you guys are the experts.

I know I can configure my Windows Firewall to EXEMPT or allow certain traffic, but I am assuming that with Norton installed it is overriding most everything as Norton also overrides startup processes, etc.

IS THERE ANY WAY TO EXEMPT specific traffic or certain programs?

Kudos0

Re: Minimize Protection

The kind of control you seem to be looking for is available, but not without lots and lots of annoying pop ups. 

If you feel your Norton is using excessive resources as noted in your other thread, maybe you just need to get a fresh install of your Norton product.    Try getting a fresh install of your Norton product using the Norton Removal and Reinstall Tool.    www.norton.com/nrnr   Be sure you read the before you begin section, and run LiveUpdate manually a few times, restarting as necessary, until no updates are available.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.

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