Windows 7: Manage System Firewall Rules

This section provides a tutorial example on how to manage Windows Firewall rules to add, modify or disable them on Windows 7 system.

In previous tutorials, you learned how to review the inbound rule list, now let's see how to manage individual inbound and outbound rules to add, modify or disable them.

1. Go to "Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Firewall" and click the "Advanced Settings" link. You will see the firewall "Windows Firewall with Advanced Settings" screen.

2. Click "Inbound Rules" on the left of the screen. You will see a list of rules that override the "Inbound connections: Block (default)" global setting.

3. If you don't need a particular rule, double click on it and uncheck the "Enabled" checkbox on the "General" tab to disable it.

4. If you want to change which networks this rule applies to, check "Domain", "Private", or "Public" checkboxes on the "Advanced" tab.

5. Click "Apply" to save any changes.

6. If you want to add a new rule, right mouse click "Inbound Rules" on the left side of the screen and select "New rule...". You will the "New Inbound Rule Wizard" screen.

7. Follow the wizard to finish adding a new rule.

8. Follow the same steps to manage outbound rules.

The picture below shows you the Windows Firewall "New Inbound Rule Wizard" screen on the "Program" step on Windows 7 system:
Windows 7 Add New Windows Firewall Rules

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7: System Update Status

 Windows 7: System Update Settings

 Windows 7: System Firewall Settings

 Windows 7: System Firewall Advanced Settings

 Windows 7: System Firewall Inbound Rules

 Windows 7: System Firewall Outbound Rules

Windows 7: Manage System Firewall Rules

 Windows 7: Firewall Alert on Blocked Connection

 Windows 7: Firewall Allowed Programs

 Windows 7: Action Center Security Messages

 Windows 7: Action Center Security Message Settings

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO


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