Windows Firewall Control 4.0.4.4

Windows Firewall Control is a nifty little application which extends the functionality of the Windows Firewall and provides quick access to the most frequent options of Windows Firewall. It runs in the system tray and allows user to control the native firewall easily without having to waste time by navigating to the specific part of the firewall. This is the best tool to manage the native firewall from Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Windows Firewall Control offers four filtering modes which can be switched with just a mouse click:

High Filtering - All outgoing connections are blocked. This setting blocks all attempts to connect to and from your computer.
Medium Filtering - Outgoing connections that do not match a rule are blocked. Only programs you allow can initiate outgoing connections.
Low Filtering - Outgoing connections that do not match a rule are allowed. You can block the programs you do not want to initiate outgoing connections.
No Filtering - Windows Firewall is turned off. Avoid using this setting unless you have another firewall running on your computer.

Program Features:

  • Just one small executable file. All features are packed in the same file.
  • Full support for executing tasks from standard user accounts.
  • Intuitive and easy accessible interface in the system tray.
  • Allow or block a program to connect to the internet with just one mouse click.
  • Shell integration into the right click context menu of the executable files.
  • Quick access to edit Windows Firewall rules directly from the program interface.
  • Choose if you want the program to start at user logon.
  • Import and export the policy of the program.
  • Protection to unauthorized uninstallation.
  • Possibility to restore previous settings at uninstallation.
  • Check for a new version from the program interface.
  • And many more... Just give it a try.

Registered Users Features:

  • Learning Mode which provides notifications for blocked outgoing connections.
  • Lock the current state of the program and Windows Firewall with password.
  • Reset a forgotten password used to lock the current state of the program.

What's new in this version:

  • Fixed: Duplicate notifications are displayed even if there is a a block rule set to a specific protocol but custom remote ports or remote addresses are not defined.
  • Fixed: The option regarding the incoming connections, named "Block all connections including apps on the list of allowed apps", which is accessible only from WFwAS,  resets to "Block all connections to apps that are not on the list of allowed apps" when the user changes the Profiles in Windows Firewall Control.
  • Fixed: When creating a rule through Shell Integration, the result dialog is not displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Fixed: When creating a rule through Shell Integration, the validation does not work and if the user chooses the same file multiple times, multiple rules are created. Now, if a rule was created through Shell Integration, the user can not create duplicates through this mechanism.
  • Improved: New logging points were added in the software for debugging purposes.
  • Improved: Code cleanup. Some parts of the code were simplified to improve the performance.

Download: Windows Firewall Control 4.0.4.4 | 299 KB (Free, Paid upgrade available)
View: Windows Firewall Control Website

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That was for this article's 'Windows Firewall Control', and I should have mentioned I was quoting from the software's home page.

TRC said,
I didn't mean Sphinx; I was talking about this program, Windows Firewall control. You asked if Windows Firewall needed to be enabled. I guess I should have quoted the first part of your post.

KeyWest said,
That was for this article's 'Windows Firewall Control', and I should have mentioned I was quoting from the software's home page.

Thanks for clarifying that for me.

I'll stick with the Sphinx firewall control then.

I've been using this for a couple of years and like it very much. New apps sometimes take a few seconds to pop up and cause you to RE-allow them on the fly, but not a big deal.

Oddly, it doesn't work very well with 8.1 (had quite a few apps leak) and I ended up going with Comodo, which does work but is nowhere near as light weight.

System Requirements :
- Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0
- Compatible with all x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and Server 2008.
- Windows Firewall service is required to be enabled for Windows Firewall Control to run.
- DNS Client service is required to be enabled for the notifications to work properly.

.Net Framework : less I use it better I feel ;
DNS Client Service : I always have it OFF, mainly for HOSTS file better usability.

Is that the system requirements for the firewall in this article or for Sphinx?

I agree about that crap a** .Net Framework thing (usually totally disabled unless Windows Update turns it back on, which I hate) and I also have DNS client service disabled.

You have to have Windows Firewall enabled because that's what this uses. This is not a firewall, it just expands the functionality of the Windows Firewall and makes it easier to use.

That is not true!

It (Sphinx) can either allow or block any thing trying to do anything WITHOUT the Windows firewall enabled and I've been doing it that way practically since Windows 7 came out!

Wheter you want to call it a "firewall" or not is just a matter of interpretation. It allows or blocks things just like a firewall does, without 2 "extra" services having to run (the firewall service itself and application layer gateway) on top of the 2 services Sphinx firewall runs.

I didn't mean Sphinx; I was talking about this program, Windows Firewall control. You asked if Windows Firewall needed to be enabled. I guess I should have quoted the first part of your post.