Norton DNS is a free DNS service like Sunbelt Clear Cloud DNS which stops you from entering websites infected with computer viruses, malware, and spyware by comparing the website name with the Norton Smart Web database to see if the domain name is safe or not. DNS is used to direct your computer to websites when you type in a website link into an address bar on a web browser like Internet Explorer. Norton DNS uses no system resources. You just have to change your computers network adapter’s or router’s DNS I.P. settings to Norton DNS I.P. address.
I have been using Norton DNS for a few days, and it works pretty well. Norton DNS did not slow down my internet connection, and it works is as reliable as other DNS services I used in the past like Google DNS, Clear Cloud DNS, and Open DNS. I also did not experience any false positives with Norton DNS meaning Norton DNS did not block known safe sites like johnsonyip.com, facebook.com, google.com, etc. I also never experience a DNS outage while using Norton DNS which means every time I type in a website address Norton DNS will tell my computer to load a website if it is safe.
Norton DNS also might make your websites load faster since some ISPs have unreliable or slower DNS servers which may load a website slower because it takes longer for their DNS server to resolve a DNS name vs. Norton DNS server.
If a website which is known to be unsafe according to the Norton Safe Web database, Norton will block your computer from loading the website. Norton will also warn you that a website is unsafe with a message on your browser.
Setting up Norton DNS is very simple. You can set it up manually in your Network adapter or Router’s properties for DNS by setting the DNS to 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 in the text boxes and you are done.
I made a video on how to change your DNS address for your network adapter and router to Google DNS address. It is exactly the same for Norton DNS. However, you use Norton DNS’s I.P. address instead of Google’s DNS’s IP address.
Norton also have a Norton DNS configuration installer program for you to easily change your DNS address for Microsoft Windows XP and newer, or Apple Mac OS X.
It also keeps a log of your DNS activity like if you are protected with Noton DNS, when Norton DNS service connected, and disconnected, and which network adapter it is using. You can also very easily disable Norton DNS and use your ISP or router’s DNS default settings by clicking on a link called Disabled on the top right. To turn Norton DNS back on, click the enabled link. You can also save the DNS log to a text file if you need to send it to Norton for technical support help. It is also possible to refresh the log.
You can learn more about Norton DNS and download the Norton DNS client at nortondns.com
If you want to download the Norton DNS client for Norton DNS, go to nortondns.com/DNS-setupWin.html .
Norton DNS is good for protecting your computer from malware with an extra layer of security by using DNS. But, I recommend also using a security suite software with an antivirus, antispyware, and firewall to protect yourself from unknown threats, and malicious files you copy to your computers from USB drives and CDs.
Norton Internet Security 2011 – 1 User/3 Pc is a good choice for protecting your computer. It has a lot of high reviews on Amazon.