Windows Firewall Control

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:

  • Intuitive and easy accessible interface in the system tray, next to the system clock.
  • Full support with standard user accounts. Elevated privileges are required only at installation.
  • Create temporary rules which are automatically deleted when they expire or on program restart.
  • Disable the ability of other programs to add Windows Firewall rules.
  • Multiple and easier ways of creating new rules in Windows Firewall.
  • Integrated support of creating, modifying and deleting Window Firewall rules.
  • Lock feature which can disable the access to the settings of the program and Windows Firewall.
  • Shell integration into the right click context menu of the executable files.
  • Search for invalid rules with the possibility to delete them.
  • Search for executable files through folders and create new rules in seconds.
  • View recently blocked connections and create new rules from the logs: inbound and outbound.
  • Choose if you want the program to start at user log on.
  • Import, export and restore the firewall rules.
  • Protection to unauthorized uninstallation.
  • Possibility to restore previous settings at uninstallation.
  • And many, many more. Just try it out.

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.

Version changelog:

  • New: The profile displayed in WFC is updated now even if the user changes the settings from outside of WFC (e.g.: Control Panel applet, netsh or WFwAS mmc).
  • New: The restore profile set in the Profiles tab is reverted now even if the state of Windows Firewall is modified from outside of WFC.
  • New: Added a new confirmation dialog when the user switches from Main Panel to No Filtering profile.
  • New: The tray icon will display a balloon tip if the profile is High Filtering at program start-up to inform the user that the network connections are disabled until profile is manually switched.
  • Updated: Secure Boot was changed to only set High Filtering on system shutdown when it is enabled. From now on, the user has to switch manually the profile at system start-up if this option is enabled in order to enable network connections. The old implementation had very unpredictable results and did not work always correctly.
  • Updated: The logging was updated to provide more detailed messages.
  • Updated: Event Viewer launched from the Tools tab will open by default the WFC subcategory.
  • Removed: The confirmation dialog that is displayed when a new rule is created was removed. From this version, the confirmation dialog is displayed only when a new rule is created from shell context menu.
  • Fixed: High Filtering profile can not be switched off in certain circumstances and "Core Networking - Block all inbound/outbound connections" rules can not be removed.
  • Fixed: Temporary Rules are not deleted at WFC restart if Secure Boot is enabled and the computer is restarted.
  • Fixed: Last used path is not remembered when exporting a partial policy file.
  • Fixed: The toolbox horizontal size is not saved when Rules Panel window is closed.
  • Fixed: Multiple rules can be merged even if the selected rules are defined for different protocols. This is not allowed anymore.
  • Fixed: Properties dialog of a rule does not appear in the taskbar and if the dialog is minimized, the user can't close Rules Manager from taskbar context menu.
  • Fixed: When viewing inbound connections in Connections Log, if the user wants to quickly create a new rule without customizing it, the rule is created for outbound direction instead of inbound.
  • Fixed: Uninstall dialog appears in taskbar but the dialog is not focused and the user has to activate the window manually in order to see it.

Download: Windows Firewall Control | 336 KB (Free, paid upgrade available)
View: Windows Firewall Control Website

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