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 18.104.22.168 (2020-08-16):
- New: Added a new entry to Direction combo box in Connections Log. The user can see now both inbound and outbound entries in the same results list.
- Improved: Updated the Time generated column in Connection Log to display the time zone.
- Improved: Search in Connections Log and Rules Panel was extended to include the service column.
- Improved: The x button from text boxes that is clearing their content is back.
- Fixed: Learning Mode does not work anymore when language is not set to English.
- Fixed: When multiple network adapters are found the Location displayed in Dashboard panel is Public instead of Private.
- Fixed: When importing the user settings, restarting the application fails if it is
- Executed only with standard privileges.
Changes in Windows Firewall Control 22.214.171.124 (2020-06-27):
- Improved: Detecting invalid rules is now made at service level instead of UI level, meaning that the rules defined for files that are not accessible are not detected anymore as invalid.
- Fixed: Connections Log loading time increased after last update if Security log contains older entries for processes that are not running anymore.
Changes in Windows Firewall Control 126.96.36.199 (2020-06-24):
- Improved: Remote addresses content is now expanding to fill the available space in Properties dialog so that more content can be displayed.
- Fixed: Properties dialog is not displayed anymore if two or more Windows services have the same Display Name.
- Fixed: The service name for svchost.exe notifications is detected only for the Windows services that are already running when WFC service starts. If a Windows service is started after, the notification will not detect the Windows service that triggered the notification.
- Fixed: Unhandled exception is logged if certain files are missing from the installation folder.
- Fixed: When editing a rule details in the Notification dialog, the rule name can be set as one or several empty spaces.
- Fixed: Properties dialog can’t apply changes to a rule if the path of the rule is not accessible or not found. This limitation was removed. Also the tooltip was updated since a rule with red text does not always mean the file is not found, it can also mean the file is not accessible (file located in a folder of another user account, encrypted location, etc).
- Fixed: In Notification dialog the text (Yes, No, Not valid) under Signed property is not localized.
- Removed: The x button from text boxes that is clearing their content.
Changes in Windows Firewall Control 188.8.131.52 (2020-01-04):
- New: Added keyboard shortcuts for the Notification Dialog. For more information please refer to the ‘Keyboard shortcuts’ section from the user manual .
- New: Added ‘Select All’ context menu item for all text boxes.
- Fixed: Due to the latest SSL improvements on the hosting server, the check for a new version does not work anymore.
- Fixed: During install/update, after the UAC prompt, for 1-2 seconds is displayed the previous page instead of the progress page.
- Fixed: The uninstaller does not work if the WFC service can not be initialized.
- Fixed: In some rare cases, the uninstaller may hang during the uninstallation.
- Fixed: Sorting by Time Generated column in Connections Log does not work.
Changes in Windows Firewall Control 184.108.40.206 (2019-03-04):
- New: The notifications for svchost.exe include now the service name which generated the blocked connection under the Name. Creating a rule for svchost.exe from the notification dialog will always include the service in the newly created rule.
- New: Connections Log has now a new column for the Service name which is used by svchost.exe. The lookup is made based on the ProcessID, therefore for older entries, the exact service name can’t be detected.
- Fixed: The width of some strings from Dashboard was extended to display properly when a different language is used.
- Fixed: Rules properties are not updated in Rules Panel if they are open while changing the user interface language.
- Fixed: Some group names are not displayed correctly in Rules Panel.
Changes in Windows Firewall Control 220.127.116.11 (2019-02-26):
- New: The user interface was updated to follow the Malwarebytes theme.
- New: A new Dashboard tab was added which displays the state of Windows Firewall,
- The status of inbound and outbound connections and the connected Location.
- New: Multi language support was added in the Options tab. All available translation
- Files are extracted automatically to a subfolder named “lang”. Switching the language
- Of the user interface is now easier.
- New: The user manual was migrated from .chm to an online .pdf file. It can be
- Opened by using the new question mark buttons from the user interface and also by
- Pressing the F1 key.
- Improved: When changing the profile in WFC, if the inbound connections are allowed,
- Which is a security risk, they will be set to be by default blocked. If they are
- Already set to be blocked or all blocked (through WFwAS) then their status will be
- Fixed: The profile reported in WFC might not be accurate on the first run if the
- Outbound filtering has different values for different locations.
- Fixed: Pressing on “Check this file” in Rules Panel or Connections Log when the
- Program path is empty generates an exception in WFC log.
- Fixed: The connected location displayed in WFC is displayed as ‘VPN’ instead of
- ‘Public’ when multiple network adapters are active.
- Fixed: Checking for updates is made through http instead of https.
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- 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.
Size: 2.69 MB