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how to make win7 firewall ask me for permission on all outgoing connections?

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  • Hi

    how can I set up win7 firewall to block incoming and outgoing connections by default and ask me if I want to allow/block every and any program that wants to use a net connection?

    For incoming connections, I can block all by default and the firewall will ask me if I want to allow or block.  That's good.

    For outgoing connections, I can block all by default but I have to create a rule for each program I want to allow through.  That's a huge pain.  I want the firewall to instead ask me once "do you want to allow this program to make an outgoing connection" and create the exception automatically.

    Possible?  thanks.

    • Edited by barth2k Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:28 AM
    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:27 AM

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  • This is a good feature we could have in windows firewall BUUT ive heard rumors that those warns could make your security vulnerable ...
    so dont really know if that is true if not MS could defenetely add that feature for windows 7!
    Regards,
    RR
    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:38 AM
  • Hi barth2k,

    Please take following steps:

    1. Click Start, type WF.MSC and press Enter.
    2. Right click on Outbound Rules, choose New Rule.
    3. Choose ->Programs->All Programs->Allow the connection->next->type a rule name and finish it.

    NOTE: This setting may cause potential security problem, it's not recommended.
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:22 AM
  • Lol i would never perform that!!!
    Robinson Zhang, by making windows firewall prompt and ask if we should allow or not does it make windows firewall more vulnerable? if not is microsoft planning to make win firewall like the third party behavior?
    and also at some day will microsoft make the windows native firewall with more options of controlling the traffic like buffer size or something like that?
    Thanks in advace,
    RR
    Ps: i have the feeling that it was a stupid question but its never a bad thing to ask what we dont understand completely!
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:32 PM
  • Hi Curious,

    Sorry, I am not a Windows Firewall team member. I cannot answer your question on Microsoft's side. Thank you for your understanding.

    Personally, I like current Windows Firewall behavior (ask if we should allow or not ) since it let us know which program is trying to connect Internet, and let us block Internet traffic which we don't like.

    Thanks.
    Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:56 AM
  • Hi Robinson Zhang
    Would doing what you suggested above result in a prompt for you to either accept or deny connection. Looking at what you suggest would make me think that after applying that rule then everything will be accepted without warning.
    I think whats been asked is can we make the firewall behave like the one in onecare which asks with a prompt if you want to allow the outgoing connection.
    All the best malc 
    Thursday, August 20, 2009 12:42 PM
  • Download Vista Firewall Control (look in Google) - once installed, it will query you any time you run a program that accesses the web. You will have an option to enable incoming, enable outgoing, disable incoming, disable outgoing, enable all (I use this most of the time if I know the program) or disable all. This will happen once (only) for each program - a bit of a pain at the beginning, but once you haveset up your programs, it will only occur when you install a new program (it will sometimes interfere with the installation process, but you can recover quickly from that).
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    Friday, August 21, 2009 1:14 PM
  • Hello Blegs,
    really apreciate your suggestion and i heard of that "plugin" for vista firewall a while ago when i was still using vista premium!!
    but i was thinking myself that why would i want that to make it prompt if i know all the programs im running and i even set up scopes and ports for that...i think im all set with my stuff but i really wish windows firewall had buffer controlling and things to limit udp traffic it would be really great and id say perfect(like a firewall with a bunch of configurations that would be off tha hizzle 4 shizzle man)!!!
    but again thanks man i just wont download it cause something made me wonder if i do so might change my firewall behaviour so better leave it like that :D
    Kind regards,
    RR
    Friday, August 21, 2009 7:50 PM
  • I googled and found your post here.  I too am looking for the solution.  Windows XP prompts to ask permission http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/internet/sp2_wfintro.mspx

    I'd like to know how to make windows 7 also do the exact same thing.
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 12:19 AM
  • Hi barth2k,

    Please take following steps:

    1. Click Start, type WF.MSC and press Enter.
    2. Right click on Outbound Rules, choose New Rule.
    3. Choose ->Programs->All Programs->Allow the connection->next->type a rule name and finish it.

    NOTE: This setting may cause potential security problem, it's not recommended.
    doesn't this just open up all outbound connections?  that's not what I want though.
    Monday, August 24, 2009 6:30 AM
  • Personally, I like current Windows Firewall behavior (ask if we should allow or not ) since it let us know which program is trying to connect Internet, and let us block Internet traffic which we don't like.

    Thanks.

    Hi,

    this is exactly not the default behaviour :-) so if your windows 7 firewall does so, let us know how you got it working!!

    I've a lot of problems with the extended FW setup, eg. that all programs can simply pass without even having a rule in the list.

    .. hope that thread's not finally dead.
    Saturday, December 26, 2009 11:03 PM
  • This is true.  Janwon said it right.  This is what we want.  This is exactly what the Firewall doesn't do.  It only asks in specific instances, but not when a connection attempt is made.
    Wednesday, July 06, 2011 4:01 AM
  • I also am interested in this. How do you make the Windows 7 Firewall prompt when an outgoing connection is made? Currently it can only be configured to prompt for incoming connections. I don't want to Allow every outgoing connection by default and I don't want to manually add exception rules to the firewall either, I just want it to prompt me with an option to automatically create a Allow/Deny Firewall rule when a program makes an outbound connection attempt.

    Currently it can only allow or deny all outbound connections without generating any prompts.

    3rd party firewalls allow the behavior I want but I'd like to stick to the Windows Firewall if possible.


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    • Edited by Franpa_999 Monday, June 18, 2012 1:22 AM
    Monday, June 18, 2012 1:21 AM