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Windows 7: Why is IE on Firewall Allowed Programs?

28 Jun 2011   #1
CorneliusM

windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Why is IE on Firewall Allowed Programs?

Hi all,

I have just noticed that IE was on the Windows Firewall Allowed Programs list, I unchecked and deleted it from the Allowed list because it was not there when I first got this laptop and as far as I'm concerned, never needs to be on the Allowed list!
I have been running Microsoft Security Essentials, Malicious Removal Tool, MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware to check for viruses or any other internet-based demon but nothing has been discovered and programs are up-to-date.

I just can't understand why IE would need to be on the Firewall Allowed list I assume allowing IE or any web browser on the Allowed list opens my computer to a greater number of problems and potential re-formatting and re-installation of Windows to make the computer safe and secure again?

Cheers guys!


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28 Jun 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Some applets and features may have issue if the browser is not allowed through the firewall.
Personally I use firefox with the noscript add on it's a pain to setup but basically makes it just about impossible for anything you haven't allowed to inject any kind of code at all. There is also a plugin called web of trust that is useful.

As for allowing the browser through the firewall, any program you actually want to interact with the net should be allowed through.
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28 Jun 2011   #3
CorneliusM

windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hi man,

I did have Firefox on this machine but, my computer was crashing and locking up on me so I removed it!

It seems to be a new thing though, I haven't installed any new programs or add-ons for IE whatsoever and when I checked the firewall two days ago, IE was not on the Allowed list :s

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Some applets and features may have issue if the browser is not allowed through the firewall.
Personally I use firefox with the noscript add on it's a pain to setup but basically makes it just about impossible for anything you haven't allowed to inject any kind of code at all. There is also a plugin called web of trust that is useful.

As for allowing the browser through the firewall, any program you actually want to interact with the net should be allowed through.
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