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 184.108.40.206 ? See the changelog for more info.
- 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.