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 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2012.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Display invalid rules with the possibility to delete them very quickly.
- Merge multiple similar rules or duplicate existing ones.
- Search for executable files through folders and create new rules in seconds.
- View recently allowed and blocked connections and create new rules from the Security log.
- Choose if you want the program to start at user log on.
- Import, export and restore all firewall rules or just the selected rules.
- Protection to unauthorized uninstallation.
- Possibility to restore previous settings at uninstallation.
- Global hot keys are supported and various shortcut keys are available.
- And many, many more. Just try it out.
Registered Users Features:
- Notifications System which provides notifications for outbound blocked connections. Four modes available:
- High - Display notifications for all outgoing connections that were blocked, including System and svchost.exe.
- Medium - Display notifications only for regular programs, without notifications for System and svchost.exe.
- Low - Automatically allow digitally signed programs. Notifications are displayed only for unsigned programs.
- Disabled - Notifications are disabled.
- Create temporary rules which are automatically deleted when they expire or on program restart.
Changes in version 220.127.116.11:
- Updated: If the Rules Panel is open and a new rule is created as a result of using the Low notification level, then the data grid is automatically refreshed to see the newly created rule.
- Updated: The automatic refresh in Connections Log which is done when a combo box value is changed was removed. From now on, the refresh must be triggered manually.
- Fixed: If Connections Log window is closed while performing a long running task, the service does not abort the loading. This requires additional resources while the window was already closed and there is no need for further processing.
- Fixed: Connections Log window remains open if the service is stopped and the window was open.
- Fixed: Notification dialog freezes in some scenarios if a program that is being blocked tries to reconnect hundreds of times per second but on different ports.
- Fixed: After switching to editing mode in notification dialog, the ports and remote IP are updated automatically if the program retries to reconnect.
- Fixed: Importing a full policy that was exported while High Filtering was enabled blocks WFC in High Filtering profile. Changing the profile does not help as the High Filtering profile is automatically switched back in a few seconds.
- Fixed: Importing a full policy always switches the WFC profile to Low Filtering. The profile is now unchanged after importing a full policy file.
- Fixed: The rule name can contain leading or trailing white spaces when created from WFC, while from WFwAS this is not allowed.