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Windows 7: Turning On The Windows Firewall

09 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Turning On The Windows Firewall

Probably a lame title that's been recycled a bunch of times, but none of the other answers seem to properly address this issue.

Just how does one turn on the firewall?

The shields are green, I check what programs are permitted to access the internet.

Internet Explorer access's the internet.

Internet Explorer is not on the list of programs that are permitted to access the internet.

Therefor: Firewall is off.


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09 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'm pretty sure that Internet Explorer is not on the list because it is a core component of Windows. To test your firewall go to the following site: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2. Click proceed, and then run the first two test (File Sharing and Common ports). As long as those pass ok I wouldn't worry too much.
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09 Jul 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColinWG View Post
Probably a lame title that's been recycled a bunch of times, but none of the other answers seem to properly address this issue.

Just how does one turn on the firewall?

The shields are green, I check what programs are permitted to access the internet.

Internet Explorer access's the internet.

Internet Explorer is not on the list of programs that are permitted to access the internet.

Therefor: Firewall is off.
Welcome to SevenForums.

Your conclusion is false.

Window 7 firewall has a rather extensive set of default firewall settings.

Configuring Windows Firewall and IPsec - Windows 7 Tutorial
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09 Jul 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Colin,
CONTROL PANEL | WINDOWS FIREWALL

You should see something similar, but of course different to:
Turning On The Windows Firewall-firewall.png


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19 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Welcome to SevenForums.

Your conclusion is false.

Window 7 firewall has a rather extensive set of default firewall settings.
Thanks for the welcome. :-)

Ok, saw all that.

Deleted everything. Anything can still access the internet, from Lynx to Media Player.

Now, how do I set the firewall up to ask me permission on each and every program or process that wants to access the internet.

I want the firewall to deliver a popup asking the user "is this a program which you want to allow access to the internet?".

A bit about me.
I'm a hardware / software system engineer.
And a bit used to programs with clear and user friendly interfaces.
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19 Jul 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Run as a standard user and Win 7 will prompt you.
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19 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Created a standard user account, still no prompts.
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19 Jul 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

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19 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7
 
 

This is going to take a bit for me to wade through. At this point, I'm really tempted to install a third party system which is easier to read and understand.
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19 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColinWG View Post
Probably a lame title that's been recycled a bunch of times, but none of the other answers seem to properly address this issue.

Just how does one turn on the firewall?

The shields are green, I check what programs are permitted to access the internet.

Internet Explorer access's the internet.

Internet Explorer is not on the list of programs that are permitted to access the internet.

Therefor: Firewall is off.
By default, Windows firewall only controls incoming connections that arrive at your PC, but does nothing to prevent outgoing connections like IE or whatever. The control panel applet also cannot enable that. You need to use the "firewall with advanced security" to access it, located in administrative tools on the control panel. There you can enable it to block outgoing connections that aren't covered by a rule, and it's there that you must allow the browser to access internet.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColinWG View Post
Now, how do I set the firewall up to ask me permission on each and every program or process that wants to access the internet.

I want the firewall to deliver a popup asking the user "is this a program which you want to allow access to the internet?".
You can't do that with Windows firewall, period. It's very limited in this regard, it will block connections according to its rules, but will never notify you when it blocks something or allows something, just because it doesn't have that feature.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Run as a standard user and Win 7 will prompt you.
Maybe you're confusing a firewall notification with an UAC elevation prompt, but as the Windows Firewall has no ability to notify on blocked connection, account type doesn't really matters at all.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Well Colin, I'm a little confused at what exactly you are expecting Win 7 to do because Win 7, with MSE, is safer than any other operating system.
hehehehe. Really, you can't be serious. We all know that Windows is the heaven for hackers and viruses, and every techinical review point in that direction. And, by the way, MSE is also a joke of an antivirus in comparison with more advanced solutions.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColinWG View Post
At this point, I'm really tempted to install a third party system which is easier to read and understand.
Generally, third party firewalls have a better coverage and protection and not being the number one target is also an advantage too. I may suggest that you don't hesitate and download one if you don't like the integrated thing.
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