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 188.8.131.52? See the changelog for more info.
New: The notifications for svchost.exe include now the service name which generated
the blocked connection under the Name. Creating a rule for svchost.exe from the
notification dialog will always include the service in the newly created rule.
- New: Connections Log has now a new column for the Service name which is used by
svchost.exe. The lookup is made based on the ProcessID, therefore for older entries,
the exact service name can't be detected.
- Fixed: The width of some strings from Dashboard was extended to display properly
when a different language is used.
- Fixed: Rules properties are not updated in Rules Panel if they are open while
changing the user interface language.
- Fixed: Some group names are not displayed correctly in Rules Panel.
Whether used in free or registered mode, Windows Firewall Control is a valuable security tools that makes it easy to configure your internet protection.