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Windows 7: Windows outbound firewall implementation


01 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Windows outbound firewall implementation

Using Windows 7 Premium 64 bit.
I learned that the Windows 7 firewall also has outbound capability that is not turned on by default and that it can be turned on in its "Advanced settings". I've gone to that screen but do not see how to turn outbound on and I certainly do not know how to write outbound rules.
I used Zone Alarm in XP and that was easy to use. When a program tried to send something out, ZA asked me if I should permit it, this time only, or always.
Can I do something similar in Windows 7's firewall?
So my questions are:
a) how *exactly* do I turn on (or off) Windows 7' outbound firewall?
b) Is there a simple way to write the outbound rules for the Windows 7 firewall without being a programmer or security expert?
Thank you

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01 May 2010   #2

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Outbound setting can be turned ON in Advanced settings



Quite a nice article here if u wish to read:
What's new in the Windows 7 Firewall?
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01 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anderson2 View Post
Using Windows 7 Premium 64 bit.
I learned that the Windows 7 firewall also has outbound capability that is not turned on by default and that it can be turned on in its "Advanced settings". I've gone to that screen but do not see how to turn outbound on and I certainly do not know how to write outbound rules.
I used Zone Alarm in XP and that was easy to use. When a program tried to send something out, ZA asked me if I should permit it, this time only, or always.
Can I do something similar in Windows 7's firewall?
So my questions are:
a) how *exactly* do I turn on (or off) Windows 7' outbound firewall?
b) Is there a simple way to write the outbound rules for the Windows 7 firewall without being a programmer or security expert?
Thank you
Outbound protection in the Windows firewall involves writing rules. There is a wizard to help. Personally, for me, it is too much of a hassle. I recommend you try the free Comodo firewall. Once you learn the interface, it works much like ZA. For me, it plays nicely with Win 7.
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01 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

IMO.....

I also use Comodo Firewall but I do not enable sandboxiie. I use it with MSE AV, SAS, CCleaner which keeps me pretty safe. I saw Microsoft Firewall and outbound feature but like Carl said "Too much hassle!"
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01 May 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you all.
(Manhunter, love your name <g>).
A friend recommended "Windows7FirewallControl" from Sphynx. Has anyone used it? (Hope it is safe to use and not malware).

P.S. I just installed "Windows7FirewallControl" and it makes Windows outbound firewall work like any other firewall. When any app tries to access the internet, it pops up and asks me whether i should permit it and gives me various options. Seems to do the trick.

Hope it is safe to use.
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01 May 2010   #6

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anderson2 View Post
Thank you all.
(Manhunter, love your name <g>).
A friend recommended "Windows7FirewallControl" from Sphynx. Has anyone used it? (Hope it is safe to use and not malware).

{thanks Anderson }

A few other decent firewalls too:
Free Firewall Software ? Sunbelt Personal Firewall

http://www.online-armor.com/products...armor-free.php

Have a look here too -- Corrine's posts in particular are noteworthy.
Dark side of COMODO...
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01 May 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Now I am wondering. I thought I was told (and assumed) Windows7FirewallControl was just a front end to Windows 7 outbound firewall. Are you saying it is a separate firewall? Similar to Zone Alarm and others?
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01 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anderson2 View Post
Thank you all.
(Manhunter, love your name <g>).
A friend recommended "Windows7FirewallControl" from Sphynx. Has anyone used it? (Hope it is safe to use and not malware).

P.S. I just installed "Windows7FirewallControl" and it makes Windows outbound firewall work like any other firewall. When any app tries to access the internet, it pops up and asks me whether i should permit it and gives me various options. Seems to do the trick.

Hope it is safe to use.
I added "Windows7FirewallControl" in Dec and really like it... GL
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01 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anderson2 View Post
Now I am wondering. I thought I was told (and assumed) Windows7FirewallControl was just a front end to Windows 7 outbound firewall. Are you saying it is a separate firewall? Similar to Zone Alarm and others?
It is not a separate firewall; it is a controller for Windows firewall. It works well and is safe.
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01 May 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anderson2 View Post
Now I am wondering. I thought I was told (and assumed) Windows7FirewallControl was just a front end to Windows 7 outbound firewall. Are you saying it is a separate firewall? Similar to Zone Alarm and others?
It is a separate firewall but uses the same interface to the kernel.
Here is a note from their web site. If you liked Zone Alarm you will like it.

Windows7FirewallControl is completely based on Windows Filtering Platform (WFP), the security core introduced in Windows Vista and does not install any third party kernel drivers. The Built-in Firewall is based on the same WFP as well. The both products work entirely independently. Windows7FirewallControl uses the Built-in Firewall only once, at the first start to grab the initial settings. Due to complete product independence you can switch the Built-in Firewall ON or OFF at your option.

Jim
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