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Windows Firewall is answering ping requests

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  • A couple of days ago I ran a Shields Up scan of my computer and it failed the echo request return part.
    I don't know if this was doing this from the start when I first install Windows 7 or after I hooked up my printer with home network printer and file sharing.
     Let me explain. When I hooked up my printer a wizard came on and asked if I wanted to share the printer with other computers. Since I am going to set up a home network with my old XP computer I said yes. But later I changed my mind since, this will be some time in the future, and turned off printer and file sharing. Thats when I ran the Shields Up test.
    After it failed, I opened Windows Firewall to see how I could stop it from return the requests. Boy was I in for a shock! I couldn"t make heads nor tails about what they were talking about. The only thing I found out was that all the printer and filing sharing entries were grayed out.
     I spent the last couple of days looking for another firewall that would work on a Windows 7 x64 version and having no luck, I came to the TechNet forums to see if I could find out how to configure windows firewall. Well it took a little time but I finally found a link to a TechNet article on how to turn on ICMP echo requests for ICMPv4 and v6. So I followed the steps but where it said to allow I hit block. I than ran another Shields Up test and again it failed.
     OK before I forget, I had reset the firewall to it default settings this morning and ran another test. It failed again.
     So I decided to post here to see if some one can tell me if or what I'm doing wrong and what I can do to stop the requests. Or did I manage to corrupt the firewall or maybe if this might be a bug.
     Also it's not my DSL modem. I have that set to refuse ping requests.
    Friday, March 27, 2009 5:10 AM

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  • You mentioned that you set up Windows to run on a home network.  This leads me to this question:
    Do you have a router in between your modem and your PCs, or is that a modem/router (AKA 'internet gateway modem')?
    If the former, then it's the router that's returning the ping requests, not any PCs behind it. 

    If the above isn't accurate, could you be a littel more elaborate with your description on your layout?  Maybe with some ASCII art?
    example:

                               modem
                                     |
                                router
               ____________|______________
               |              |            |                 |
             PC             PC         PC              PC


    -Chris
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    Wednesday, April 01, 2009 3:21 AM