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Windows Firewall Control

Windows Firewall Control

Windows Firewall Control is a nifty little application which extends the functionality of the Windows Firewall. Also it 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.

It is free to use. Registered users will get the advantage of learning mode which provides notifications for outgoing blocked connections.

Windows Firewall Control doesn’t filter any packets and does not block or allow any connection. It offers four filtering modes. You can switch them with just a mouse click:

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

Windows Firewall Control Features:

  • Notifications of outbound blocked connections.
  • Learning mode that automatically allows digitally signed programs.
  • Intuitive user interface which is easy accessible through a system tray icon.
  • Full support with standard user accounts. Elevated privileges required only at installation.
  • Disable the ability of other programs to tamper Windows Firewall rules and state.
  • Integrated support of creating, modifying and deleting Window Firewall rules.
  • Multiple and easier ways of creating new rules in Windows Firewall.
  • 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.
  • Automatically display invalid rules for programs that do not exist any more.
  • Possibility to find and display duplicate firewall rules.
  • Merge multiple similar rules or duplicate existing ones.
  • View recently allowed and blocked connections and create new rules from the Security log.
  • Import and export of partial sets of rules.
  • Protection to unauthorized uninstallation.
  • Possibility to restore previous settings at uninstallation.
  • Supports global hot keys and various shortcut keys.
  • And many, many more.

Registered Users Features:

  • Learning Mode which provides notifications for blocked outgoing connections.
  • Search for executable files in a user defined folder and create new rules for the selected ones from the result list.

Changes in Windows Firewall Control (2024-04-22):

  • Fixed: After creating a temporary rule from the notification dialog which includes multiple programs blocked, you must close the notification dialog otherwise all new rules are temporary.
  • Fixed: Search functionality in Rules Panel does not include the Description property.
  • Improved: The algorithm for detecting invalid rules for Windows Store apps was updated to avoid false detections.
  • Improved: The error handling and logging was enhanced on certain parts of code.

Changes in Windows Firewall Control (2024-04-19):

  • Improved: The export functionality was revised so that it does not stop if a rule is invalid. The invalid rule will be skipped and the others will be exported.
  • Fixed: Exporting of the rules fails if one of the rules has the Description null.
  • Fixed: Sorting of notifications exceptions list does not always work.

Changes in Windows Firewall Control (2024-04-18):

  • Fixed: Certain Windows Store firewall rules may show as invalid in Rules Panel when they are still valid.
  • Improved: Notifications exceptions list is now sorted for uppercase entries first and then the others.

Changes in Windows Firewall Control (2024-04-16):

  • New: Added detection of invalid Windows Store rules. If a package is not found on
    the machine the rule will appear with red text in Rules Panel.
  • Updated: The logic from previous version which detects the friendly name for Description property was reverted so that at least one column in Rules Panel contains the version of the package.

Changes in Windows Firewall Control (2024-04-11):

  • New: Added support for retrieving the friendly name for Name, Group, Description of Windows Store firewall rules.
  • Fixed: When importing user settings with proxy config, the tray app wfcUI.exe crashes on startup.
  • Fixed: It is not possible to remove the custom IP addresses/ranges from the High Filtering profile custom rules once they are set.

Changes in Windows Firewall Control (2024-03-03):

  • Fixed: When importing user settings the authorized groups list is not refreshed.
  • Fixed: The experimental feature which auto creates allow rules for certain paths generates duplicate rules if a blocking rule prevents certain connections.
  • Fixed: The tray icon does not offer any clue if the program runs in standard user mode or in elevated mode.
  • Fixed: Learning mode tray context menu item remains disabled even after elevated rights are granted.
  • New: Added a new WFC recommend rule for wwahost.exe which is required to reset a Windows PIN. Without this rule it is impossible to reset a Windows PIN.

Homepage – https://www.binisoft.org

System Requirements

  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5 or a newer version.
  • Compatible with all x86 and x64 versions of Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Server 2016, Server 2012.
  • 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.

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