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Windows 7: firewall complete folder

18 Nov 2014   #11
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

A third-party firewall is recommended because they can be more user friendly when it comes to automatically approving known programs.

The WFC scenario I was talking about is when you change the Windows Firewall setting for outbound connections from the default allow to block. You would only do this when you want full control of everything that connects from your PC.

In this scenario it can be very difficult to configure the firewall rules without the help of a program like WFC. Depending on WFC settings you can get alerts for every blocked connection, and from that alert customize it(protocol, port, remote address etc) and create either a temporary or permanent rule. In the alert you can see exactly what connection(s) a program tries to establish, see if and who has signed the program, and you also have options to check the file on Virustotal, get info on the remote IP, check it for blacklistings etc.
Without WFC and only using Windows Firewall, the user gets no help what so ever with this.

But as I said before: This is an advanced task and only recommended for experienced users.

PS. There is another program out there with the same name so to clarify: I'm talking about Windows Firewall Control by BiniSoft.



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18 Nov 2014   #12
vik2211

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Ok I have read all of this and I tried to find solution within Windows Firewall and there is no. So I tried 3rd party firewall and I found that this possibillity exist. I followed instructions and now I have to wait and see if it will works. Procedure was to make a new group of protected files and folders and type a file path, or browse to, folder which I want to block.
So there is no such option in windows firewall just 3rd party programs.
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18 Nov 2014   #13
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Yes, but normally you shouldn't have to do that. The usual configuration for these kind of things is to block everything and only make exceptions for what you want to allow.

If you allow everything but add a block rule for all files in a certain folder, then any new files in other folders will probably be allowed to run. But if that's not a concern for you then you're fine.
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18 Nov 2014   #14
vik2211

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

I didn't allow everything, 3rd party firewall is running as usual with normal restrictions I just needed to block that folder. Firewall asks when something tries to go out so I can allow or block it.
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18 Nov 2014   #15
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Same as Windows Firewall then if you block all outbound connections as default and use WFC to alert about every blocked connection
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18 Nov 2014   #16
vik2211

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

I need to block some updater from that folder ad I don't want it to update but I don't know what file it is and before it did update with Windows Firewall on. Somehow it did update and now I thought to try block all files in folder and try to stop it. So I guessed that file from that folder won't even to try to go out if it's blocked so I don't have to be concerned what is trying to go out. That was my idea even this You wrote makes perfect sense and sounds quite simple but I wouldn't be sure if it did stop that update.
Or somehow I could be sure?
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18 Nov 2014   #17
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

If you're happy with the third-party firewall then stick with it. But just to explain: you can allow/block exactly what you want with Windows Firewall. The most important thing to know about Windows Firewall is that it's default setting(unless you change it) for outbound connections is to allow all connections.

Windows Firewall with default settings is only set to block inbound connections, but allow all outbound. If you change the setting for outbound from allow to block without using a program like WFC, you most likely can't connect to the Internet from your browsers and probably not even check for Windows Updates. (I can't remember the exact default rules because I tweaked them)

If I can use the full potential of Windows Firewall with the help of WFC then I prefer that over a third-party firewall. But again, that's just my opinion. Third-party firewalls are probably easier for the average users. I just wanted to explain how Windows Firewall works and hope that it can help someone who reads this.
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18 Nov 2014   #18
vik2211

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Thank You very much, You're very kind. I'll stick with this just for now but be sure I will try this way. I prefer having less programs.
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18 Nov 2014   #19
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

You're welcome! And good luck with your new firewall. It's generally a good idea to stick with what you think is the easiest solution
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