Sometimes firewalls can be a deterrent to the smooth usage of your Windows 7 PC. Although the main purpose of firewalling your computer is for better security, there are reasons to not use it for better performance. One reason I can give is your network speed.
Presently I am using “Tikona” which is an ISP in India and the technician immediately disabled my Windows 7 firewall on the first day.
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Since a firewall is used to stop unauthorised use of computers outside your network (or computer) or to stop unauthorised use of your computer or your network by computers from outside, I enabled it again. The firewalled PC or computer mainly prevents hackers from taking control of your system and eliminate any sensitive and confidential data hacking.
How to Disable Windows 7 Firewall ?
- Go to Control Panel.
- Make the list View by small icons.
- Then at the bottom you see a Windows Firewall text link.
- Click that link. That will open the following window.
- As you can see above, my Windows 7 firewall is already disabled.
- To enable or disable it again, click the link on the left hand side pane that says “Turn Windows Firewall on or off“.
- That will open another window.
- Click that option that says “Turn off Windows Firewall“. This will disable your Windows 7 firewall.
Note : As you can see in the brackets, Microsoft says that disabling firewall is not recommended. But as I said above this was necessary so that my internet connection runs smooth. Also this will improve network speed.
Disclaimer : The consequences of disabling firewall can be detrimental. So use this feature at your own risk and understand the side effects.
But if you found this tip annoying and not interested in completely disabling your firewall, there are ways to control your Windows 7 firewall. One of the methods is using a software called “Windows 7 Firewall Control” by Sphinx.
The main purpose of this software is to have a fine-grained control over your Windows 7 firewall that is built into your OS and block the inbound and outbound connections.
This software works on the following operating systems. Windows 8/7/Vista/2008/XP/2003. There are 32bit and 64 bit versions. There is a FREE version and PREMIUM version. The paid version costs $29.95.
The following are the features of this application.
- Local and Remote applications protection from incoming and outgoing threats
- Remote and distributed network/cloud management
- Per-application security settings
- Flexible permissions settings
- Instant notifications of blocked activity
- Automatic Port Forwarding-to-applications management/synchronization
- Group zone and application network access management
- IPv6 support
- Decreased expenses of mobile/satellite connections
- Zone based network permissions management
- Integration with Window Explorer for direct access permission management
- Special editions for portable devices (USB flash/HDD drives, iPod etc)
- Simplicity of the operations
Windows 7 Firewall Control can control an entire network or cloud by implementing a distributed security model and creating virtual sub networks on physical networks/clouds. It can also automatically synchronize the hardware firewalls or routers by port forwarding.
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This software tells the Windows 7 firewall to block applications from making outbound connections to the internet or customize the way they make those connections. This is important because if you are infected with a Trojan or a virus, that malware makes an outbound connection without your knowledge and letting some outsider take control over your PC.
How does Windows 7 Firewall Control helps us?
When you run the program, whenever an application tries to access the Internet, a screen pops up, with the application name, the publisher, and similar information, as well its path and file name.
You can then enable or disable inbound or outbound connections it tries to make, either permanently, or just this one time. If you’re not sure if the program is malware or not, go to www.processlibrary.com and do a search for the file name, for details.