How to Turn off Norton 360 Backups


Norton 360 includes a default backup option that will back up some of your important files in their online backup storage. This is a great feature if you do not have any other backup solutions. However, if you are doing something else to back up your files, then you might be wondering how to turn off Norton 360 backups. It can consume some of your system resources, plus it is very easy to fill your allotted free backup space if you have a lot of files on your computer, and the red X that overlays the system tray icon can be unpleasant. Additionally, if you are using a Norton 360 product that includes licenses for multiple computers that are all using a shared online backup, you may want to leave some of that space for other computers that do not have an alternate backup solution.

 

Disabling the Norton 360 Backup

 

I have been using CrashPlan to back up my computer for a while and, while the inclusion of a free utility like Norton 360 to back up my files is good for redundancy purpose, I have far more files that I want to back up than the free option can handle and I do not want to pay for additional online storage. Therefore, I chose to disable my Norton 360 backup.

 

Step 1: Begin by double-clicking the Norton 360 icon in the system tray at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

norton system tray icon

 

Step 2: Click the white Settings link at the top of the window.

norton settings menu

 

Step 3: Click the blue Backup Settings link at the center of the window.

backup settings menu

 

Step 4: Click the green On button to the right of Backup so that it says Off.

click on button to switch to off

 

Step 5: Click the yellow Apply button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.

how to turn off norton 360 backups

 

When you return to the Norton 360 home screen, it should now say Disabled in the Backup section. The ugly red X over the system tray icon will also be gone, and Norton will indicate that you computer is secure.

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