Windows 7 and Vista include a surprisingly powerful firewall tool that helps to secure your internet connection. Configuring the firewall can be tricky, and if you have gone to the trouble of configuring different firewall profiles, it can seem an unnecessarily lengthy process to switch between them. This is something that Windows Firewall Control aims to rectify.
The program sits in the notification area of the Windows taskbar and provides easy access to the most frequently used options of the Windows Firewall. In just a couple of clicks you can switch between firewall profiles or even disable the firewall altogether – a handy option if you are having trouble granting a particular program access to the internet.
Windows Firewall Control can be configured to start automatically with Windows and it is then incredibly simple to flick between using High, Medium, Low, or No Filtering modes. This is a great alternative to navigating through the various firewall related screen that can be found in the Control Panel.
Working in free mode, the program is very powerful, but opt to register for $10 and there are a number of additional options available to you. Registration unlocks the option to import and export settings so they can be easily restored as well as the ability to lock down the program with an administrator password. There is also the very handy ability to right click on any executable file in Windows and use the context menu to create a firewall rule for the selected program.
What's new in 220.127.116.11? See the changelog for more info.
- New: Added a new button in the View section to launch Connections Log from Rules Panel and vice versa. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Tab can be used to switch between these two windows too. If one is closed, Ctrl+Tab will launch the other one. - Improved: The list of custom authorized groups from the Security tab is now sorted alphabetically on saving. Unsorted inserted entries will be sorted on the next reopening of the Main Panel. - Fixed: Connections Log can be launched from the defined hotkey even if the program is locked with a password. - Fixed: Clear Log confirmation dialog appears in the center of the Rules Panel window instead of the Connections Log window.