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  • Is my Windows Firewall broken? If so, how can I fix it?

    Essentially, the first problem appears to be that, though I have selected "Outbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked", outbound connections are not being blocked at all. Second, creating an explicit blocking rule specifically to block this program doesn't work either. I've been struggling with this for years.

    Or is it simply that Windows Firewall cannot block outbound connections? The reason I might think that is that all of the examples in various Microsoft articles are limited to inbound connections.

    .....

    On advice from Ratandeep here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-winapps/change-windows-firewall-settings-to-block-foxit/385c8e1f-87df-4d1e-8fcd-67c66167f683

    I'm cross-posting the issue here.

    ===== BEGIN CROSS-POST =====

    Change Windows Firewall settings to block Foxit update

    Howdy friends,

    Overview:
    I need help crafting firewall settings that will prevent Foxit Reader updates.

    Details:
    When I run Foxit Reader I can see 'Foxit Reader.exe' in Task Manager. When I run Foxit Update (from Foxit Reader menu or from Start Menu's Run line), I see 'Foxit Update.exe' in Task Manager. Foxit Update starts downloading an update. Obviously, it is not being blocked. I need to block Foxit Reader & Foxit Update from the Internet. The firewall settings are shown below. They don't work.

    Win7, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
    Domain Profile
    - Windows Firewall is on.
    - All inbound connections are blocked.
    - Outbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked.
    Private Profile
    - Windows Firewall is on.
    - All inbound connections are blocked.
    - Outbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked.
    Domain Profile
    - Windows Firewall is on.
    - All inbound connections are blocked.
    - Outbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked.

    INBOUND

    Name: Block Inbound FoxitReader
    Group:
    Profile: All
    Enabled: Yes
    Action: Block
    Override: No
    Program: %ProgramFiles% (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\Foxit Reader.exe
    Local Address: Any
    Remote Address: Any
    Protocol: Any
    Local Port: Any
    Remote Port: Any
    Allowed Users: Any
    Allowed Computers: Any

    Name: Block Inbound FoxitUpdater
    Group:
    Profile: All
    Enabled: Yes
    Action: Block
    Override: No
    Program: %ProgramFiles% (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\Foxit Updater.exe
    Local Address: Any
    Remote Address: Any
    Protocol: Any
    Local Port: Any
    Remote Port: Any
    Allowed Users: Any
    Allowed Computers: Any

    OUTBOUND

    Name: Block Outbound FoxitReader
    Group:
    Profile: All
    Enabled: Yes
    Action: Block
    Program: %ProgramFiles% (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\Foxit Reader.exe
    Local Address: Any
    Remote Address: Any
    Protocol: Any
    Local Port: Any
    Remote Port: Any
    Allowed Computers: Any

    Name: Block Outbound FoxitUpdater
    Group:
    Profile: All
    Enabled: Yes
    Action: Block
    Program: %ProgramFiles% (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\Foxit Updater.exe
    Local Address: Any
    Remote Address: Any
    Protocol: Any
    Local Port: Any
    Remote Port: Any
    Allowed Computers: Any

    ===== END CROSS-POST =====

    Essentially, the first problem appears to be that, though I have selected "Outbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked", outbound connections are not being blocked at all.

    Is my Windows Firewall broken?

    Thank You, With Regards,

    Mark.






    • Changed type ZigZag3143x Monday, May 2, 2016 8:31 PM Not a question
    • Edited by markfilipak- Tuesday, May 3, 2016 5:12 AM
    • Changed type markfilipak- Tuesday, May 3, 2016 5:13 AM Brought question to top.
    Monday, May 2, 2016 3:50 PM

All replies

  • Hi markfilipak-,

     

    If there is something wrong with firewall, first we may try to check system log and see if there is any error.

    We could also try to block a website or other programs to check the result.

     

    Best Regards,

    Tao


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    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 11:33 AM
  • Tony & Teemo,

    The real answer is that, until Win-10 (or maybe Win-8), the outbound firewall didn't work ... it wasn't a firewall. That is, setting the outbound firewall default to "Outbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked" did not work at all.

    When Microsoft essentially ran ZoneAlarm out of business, Microsoft gave us a sham firewall. Now, with Win-10 (or maybe Win-8), we have a real firewall again.


    Monday, October 15, 2018 5:15 PM