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Windows 7: Windows 7 Firewall rules not working anymore

12 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 x86
Windows 7 Firewall rules not working anymore

The firewall's advanced rules all of a sudden don't work anymore.

If I tell the firewall to block all incoming connections it does, and Windows says the firewall is working.

But all rules, old and new, regarding a particular application, don't work anymore. If I tell the firewall to block incoming connections on a particular executable with tcp ports, for instance, it doesn't anymore. Until a few weeks ago it did.

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15 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Please scan your machine with ESET OnlineScan

You will need to disable your antivirus prior to scanning.
  • Hold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
    ESET OnlineScan
  • Click the button.
  • For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
    • Click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe to download the ESET Smart Installer.
      Save it to your Desktop.
    • Double click on the to download the ESET Smart Installer. icon on your Desktop.
  • Check "YES, I
  • accept the Terms of Use."
  • Click the Start button.
  • Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  • Under Scan Settings, check "Scan Archives" and Remove Found Threats
  • Click Advanced settingsand select the following:
    • Scan potentially unwanted applications
    • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
    • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
  • When the scan completes, click List Threats
  • Click Export, and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESET Scan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
  • Click the Back button.
  • Click the Finish button

After you have completed the ESET scan, please run the all in one tool.

. It is imperative that Antivirus software, is disabled prior to running this tool!! If you are unsure how to disable then uninstall it. !!

Can you please download the All in one Repair tool.
  • Once it has downloaded, right-click it and select Run as administrator
  • Once it is open, select Step 4 from the tabs along the top.
  • Create a backup of your registry by selecting Backup
  • After that has finished, click on the Start Repairs tab, and select Start
  • Make sure the boxes shown in the following screenshot are selected:

  • Select Start, and let the program run.
  • The program will shut down the machine when done, if not reboot from start menu.
  • Make sure that the program has completed though.
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22 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

What means "don't work" anymore? Does it gives an error? Or every program just can connect to anywere unaffected by the rules?

Did you install any other security software in the meantime? (antiviruses, other firewalls and so on)
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