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Windows 7: Getting a firewall installed on windows 7

11 May 2009   #21
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

I guess so but that isn't totally safe. I just got word from my McAfee colleagues that their beta Total Protection works on Windows 7 OK now. (Previously had issues with PC's using nVidia cards).

http://beta.mcafee.com/

That would give you both anti-virus and firewall protection.


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11 May 2009   #22
Yawn92

XP / vista / 7
 
 

comodo works fine for me now on the RC as long as I run as administrator in compatibility mode with vista. :P Also having to remember to uninstall it everytime I upgrade builds otherwise the upgrade fails and I get tonnes of BSOD's >>
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11 May 2009   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi howied,

Yes , you can use the Windows Firewall with it's default settings.

M$ obviously think it is safe, and millions use it like that.

If you want to add outbound control, Vista Firewall Control (free) will do it for you.

Vista Firewall Control : Sphinx Software

I use Windows 7 Firewall and Vista Firewall Control.

The only manual adjustment I have made is to block incoming ICMP (ping requests).

It gets a perfect score at **Home of Gibson Research Corporation**. Shields Up!

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

If you want to test yours at the above link, click Proceed and click Common Ports (or all ports , if you prefer).

You can also download Leaktest :

leaktest.zip


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11 May 2009   #24
howied

 
 

Thanks SIW2! I will check out your info! Great link to check ports? I got a perfect score ...do I need to get the Vista Firewall Control? And if so, should I just dl the free version? I did get a penetration error on the leaktest test.
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11 May 2009   #25
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Up to you - many people manage ok without it.

I prefer to see what is trying to dial out from my machine and choose whether to allow it or not.

You will fail the Leaktest without VFC installed.

Download it from my previous post - it is the .zip link in blue at the bottom.
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11 May 2009   #26
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

As far as I have tested, outbound control can be set manually without any 3rd party apps in windows firewall on 7. I set it to not allow winamp out, then confirmed it works using winamp itself. It could not access the internet, as I had wanted. The Vista Firewall Control though, is probably good for doing this to many apps. I only tried to use it once a while ago and admittedly, did not learn much about it.

All ya gotta do is go to outbound rules on the left, then click new rule on the right.

Does Vista Firewall Control alert you to apps trying to get out, like Zone Alarm does?
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11 May 2009   #27
howied

 
 
Thanks!

Torrentg,
Thanks for the reply!
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15 Jan 2010   #28
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Okay, I just downloaded VFC and know little about firewall connections and such. What should I allow to go outbound? Here is what I have configured now...


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15 Jan 2010   #29
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
Okay, I just downloaded VFC and know little about firewall connections and such. What should I allow to go outbound? Here is what I have configured now...
I just added Mozilla THunderbird to 'Enable All' also.
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15 Jan 2010   #30
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If WFC pops up telling something is trying to connect - you have decide whether to let it.

It depends what programs you want to allow to connect.

If it is program you know and trust - like those already let thru on your screenie - or if it is something you don't recognize.

We can't tell you what those are.
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