A DNS server is required for using the internet. A DNS server converts the readable form of web addresses like google.com into numerical IP addresses like 18.104.22.168. Norton has introduced Norton ConnectSafe public DNS servers for free public use. Norton ConnectSafe DNS servers can block malicious sites, phishing sites, scam sites, in addition to pornographic and non-family friendly websites. Anybody can use the Norton ConnectSafe public DNS servers for free if they properly configure their internet settings. Here is how you can configure your Windows PC to use the Norton ConnectSafe DNS servers :
Norton ConnectSafe DNS servers come in three pre-configured variations. Norton ConnectSafe A, B and C. The Norton ConnectSafe A (22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199) servers block known malicious, infected, phishing or scam websites. Norton ConnectSafe B (188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206) servers block all pornographic sites in addition to all sites blocked by ConnectSafe A. Norton ConnectSafe C (220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168) servers block all non-family friendly sites in addition to all sites blocked by ConnectSafe B. You can choose one set of these DNS servers as per your requirements.
|Norton DNS||Servers||Type of Sites Blocked|
|ConnectSafe A||22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199||Malicious, phishing, scam sites|
|ConnectSafe B||188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206||Malicious, phishing, scam, pornographic sites|
|ConnectSafe C||220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168||Malicious, phishing, scam, pornographic, non-family friendly sites|
Now you do not have to manually set the DNS servers. You can use our Public DNS Server Tool to set the Norton ConnectSafe DNS automatically on a Windows PC.
Method 1 – Using Windows Control Panel
- Open Control Panel. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center. Then click on Manage network connections on the left side menu.
- In the next window, select your Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection, right-click on it and select Properties
- In the Connection Properties, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- In the TCP/IPv4 properties window, select Use the following DNS server addresses. Enter the Norton ConnectSafe DNS IP addresses 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 and click OK as shown :
- You are ready to use the Norton ConnectSafe DNS.
Method 2 – Using command line
- Open an elevated command prompt in Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you are running Windows XP, then you need to be logged in with an administrator level account.
- In the command prompt type the following and press Enter
netsh interface ip show config
- Note down the DNS servers listed in the information as shown
- For Windows Vista, 7 and 8, in the command prompt type the following and press Enter after each line
netsh interface ip set dnsserver “Local Area Connection” static 188.8.131.52
netsh interface ip add dnsserver “Local Area Connection” 184.108.40.206 index=2
Replace the “Local Area Connection” with whatever you see in step 3.
- For Windows XP, in the command prompt type the following and press Enter after each line
netsh interface ip set dns “Local Area Connection” static 220.127.116.11
netsh interface ip add dns “Local Area Connection” 18.104.22.168 index=2
After you have setup your network connection to use the NortonDNS, you can check if it is working. Visit http://setup.nortondns.com/ in your browser. If you see a green OK, then you are using the Norton DNS servers as shown.
If you see a red cross mark, then you are not using the Norton DNS servers. In that case, you can hit Ctrl + F5 or restart your web browser and check if it is working. If even then it does not work, then you may have to reboot your Windows PC.