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Windows 7: Windows Firewall Unsafe?

05 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Windows Firewall Unsafe?

I noticed that the Windows Firewall just allows Internet access to new programs without asking me. Even if I check block all Internet access every program still goes online. I was just wondering because I installed Games for Windows Live and it could just go online without the firewall asked me if I allow it. Is there any setting which "forces" the Firewall to ask me about every single program? Of course only one time so it should still save the settings. That's what I liked more about Zone Alarm and I need this feature it's important

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05 Aug 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You can do this quite easily with Windows 7 Firewall Control...
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05 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Funny I have never really used Win firewall always use another firewall
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05 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I haven't figured it out myself, but EVERY time a new program wants access to the net on my machine, the Windows firewall asks me.

I've not set anything special on the firewall itself but I do have MSE installed which may have set something specific itself and I have NOT turned oiff UAC.

THose are the only two things I can thing of that may have any effect on the behavior. But most people seem to NOT have windows firewall ask them about net access, I don.t know why mine does. It'll even re-ask about acess if a program is re-installed with the same name and location (as in upgrading the app).
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05 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Wow nice, after 20 minutes already 3 replies nice. I didn't know that there's an extra program to control the firewall. Is this really necessary? Because I can also control the firewall over the control panel. And I checked ask when a new program wants access to the internet but it still doesn't ask. And there are really programs I have which I don't want to access the internet but I'm scared that it just allows the access like it does with Games for Windows Live.

And I can't use an alternate program because they cause Bluescreens.
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05 Aug 2010   #6

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Windows firewall control just makes using windows firewall easier to configure, thats all... and you really should get to the bottom for your BSOD problem.. We have a sub forum just for that..
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05 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

No I already created a thread and the people told me to uninstall Zone Alarm and Antivir and switch to MSE and since that I never got a Bluescreen again.

The Windows Firewall Control is nice it just solves my problem. I really don't know why there isn't such a feature in the default firewall. The default firewall just messes all up and you don't understand the settings it's just confusing.
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