How to Temporarily Disable the Norton AntiVirus

Updated March 23, 2017

The process of temporarily disabling Norton Antivirus is quick and straightforward. If you wish to disable all Norton Antivirus components in your system, you might need to consider disabling other related programs like Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall, if applicable. Both of these contain a built-in Norton Antivirus component.

Launch Norton Antivirus. Double-click on the Norton Antivirus icon from the system tray, adjacent to the clock on the bottom-right corner. If this does not apply, locate the Norton Antivirus icon on your desktop.

Click on "Options" and select the "Auto-Protect'' tab. Locate the check box that corresponds to the "Load Auto-Protect at Startup" option. If the check box is checked, click on it to leave it empty (disabled). Click on the "OK" button to confirm the action.

Go to Windows system tray, located on the bottom-right corner of your screen, adjacent to the clock. Right-click on Norton's small icon. A drop-down menu displays. Select "Disable Auto-Protect."

Select the duration, from the list of options, that you wish to keep Norton Antivirus disabled. Confirm the dialogue box as necessary. A bubble message will display in the Windows system tray, alerting you the antivirus has been disabled.

Launch Norton Internet Security (NIS). Log into Norton Internet Security (NIS) as a Supervisor (supervisor account with corresponding password). Access "User Accounts," located on the left pane.

Select the "Status & Settings" option from the left pane and click on "Security."

Click on the "Turn off" option. Confirm the action on dialogue boxes, if applicable. A bubble message might appear on the system tray alerting you this has been disabled.

When you need to enable Norton Internet Security again, simply go through the same steps, but choose "Turn on" to enable it.

Launch Norton Personal Firewall. The program's window opens up.

Click on "Status & Settings," located on the left pane.

Click on "Security" and finally click on the "Turn off" option. Confirm any necessary dialogue box to complete the action. A bubble message might appear on the system tray alerting you that Norton Personal Firewall is now disabled.

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Emilio Alvarez has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from San Diego State University and a minor in music composition from Southwestern College, San Diego. He has been writing since 2002 and has published short stories with Editorial Dunken (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where his work is part of a Spanish anthology: "El libro de talleres."