Windows Firewall Control (WFC) by BiniSoft.org

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by alexandrud, May 20, 2013.

  1. askmark

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    I use WFC and CFW 10 together and have no problems. Just make sure you disable Comodo's firewall.
    Personally I find Comodo's firewall rules interface confusing and much prefer the simplicity and execution of WFC.
     
  2. EASTER

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    WFC "Is" refreshingly simple and accurate in what it's designed to do. Comodo FW just takes more study, at least that's what I found.
     
  3. Alpengreis

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    And do not forget that WFC is NOT a firewall, it's just a GUI for the Windows Firewall Advanced Security ...
     
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    Uh, kinda already knew that but thanks for sharing that concern too.
     
  5. ZeroDay

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    I agree I just don't think you should be running 2 firewalls at once on one machine if that is indeed what you're doing? Yeah, with CS settings on CF you don't need any further anti ransomware the setup will take care of that.

    I hope you enjoy your setup and it serves you well which it will.
     
  6. ZeroDay

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    You still shouldn't use Windows firewall if you're already using a 3rd party firewall.
     
  7. Alpengreis

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    Absolutely correct! My posting was just to make clear (for other people too) that WFC is not a firewall itself. Regardless if it's Windows firewall or 3rd party firewalls ... the use of 2 active firewalls at the same time (for the same destination) is not a good idea.

    Thank you for clarification. Otherwise, my above posting could provide more for confusion rather than for enlightenment.
     
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  8. Eliot

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    Thanks for Windows Firewall Control. I have been wanting only a firewall that asked yes or no when something wanted to use the internet. I was not looking for all the other stuff from a 3rd party firewall's bells whistles filtering mess.

    Thank you very much. Registered it already.
     
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    :thumb:


    Exactly the reason I donated for the full version
     
  10. Eliot

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    I HAD a question in regards to LAN connections only.

    Also I keep seeing things blocked in the Connections Log with the addresses of 224.0.0.1 and 224.0.0.251 both. They just keep showing up every few minutes.


    EDIT: fixed the LAN by enabling all file and printer sharing + adding a rule for outbound port 137 from my PC to LAN only. Fixed the 224 by allowing it to LAN only. Hope all this allowed to LAN only will make it chirp at me to allow for internet for other things only showing in my logs.

    EDIT 2: Had a brain fart. I should have stated I was behind NAT and was on Windows 10 :p
     
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  11. Eliot

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    FYI---- WFC latest version is not saving my custom sound for notifications. I had to set it again this morning and after a reboot as well. Closing the program and re opening it does this as well.
     
  12. alexandrud

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    The path to the sound file is saved in Windows Registry under this key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{WD2827D4-F8E0-B379-I229-D89D12E4642A}\NotificationSoundFile
    1. Make sure that your antivirus does not prevent WFC from writing in this Windows Registry key. Check the value of this key after a restart.
    2. Make sure the path to the sound file is accessible and is not located on a removable location or a remote location. Also, make sure it is a *.wav file.
     
  13. Eliot

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    Did as you say and it shows in the registry but as you can see the program did not pull the info from the registry after a reboot. X:\ is a local drive inside my PC.

    I moved the wav file into the WFC folder to see if that helps.

    EDIT: It was able to pull the file location after reboot once I moved it into the WFC folder. I think this is related to my data drive being assigned the letter X.
     

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  14. Eliot

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    I have added rules for all programs on the multicast addresses of 224.0.0.1-224.0.0.53 and my entire local address range. Some programs are still logging blocked using the same addresses I have allowed in rules.

    Not a major problem it is just really annoying. I prefer the log to be only errors that I need to fix. It would be ok if it were just a few a day. I can leave the PC for hour or two and come back to pages of them if I do not make a rule for them.

    EDIT: Some of these in the blocked logs are not even directed at my PC. They show it blocked going to another PC in the LAN. :confused:
     
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  15. Eliot

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    alexandrud I looked over this entire thread and found the rules you had setup for outbound and decided to do the same. I also put the filenames for stuff I block in the do not notify box in the notifications section. Everything seems to be running fine but it will take a little while to add them all to the do not notify box. All in all, I am loving this. Thank you!


    EDIT: I tried removing the inbound rules I did not add myself. It blocked my shared folder. I will tinker more with this later and see what I removed that it needs.
     
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  16. Eliot

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    I was able to have a shared folder work and the few apps I need to work with only these inbound rules:
     

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  17. alexandrud

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    Thank you for posting those two inbound rules required for shared folders.
     
  18. Eliot

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    Very welcome. It took a while but digging around on the inet helped a bit. I watched the blocked stuff in the logs and then figured it out. :D
     
  19. lordraiden

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    @alexandrud
    Could you please add an option to auto-delete invalid rules (exe's that no longer exist) on every reboot or every time the rule panel loads?
     
  20. Eliot

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    I think I found one of the best options in WFC. Disable logging of blocked connections. No need for notifications unless I run across something that does not work.

    Also did as you did on the Windows Update. Disabled until I am ready for a reboot, then enable and check. (FYI-Made a duplicate of the windows update rule, deleted the old one. This way it is at the top of my outbound list always.)
     
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  21. alexandrud

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    No, I would like to keep this transparent so that the user can see which programs created their own rules, if any. It is very easy to find the invalid rules in Rules Panel and delete them every few days or weeks.
    Already a feature :)
     
  22. lordraiden

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    I have the secure rules activated so is not useful for me and mostly a waste of time.
    I'm asking for an optional feature that should be disable by default and it should take few time to implement, so users with secure rules active don't waste their time.
    Is stupid to do a manual maintenance of something that can be easily automated.

    If you want to keep it "transparent" add the automatically deleted rules to a log
     
  23. Alpengreis

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    That would be delete also standard Win rules (Media Center Extenders rules & Windows Peer to Peer Collaboration Foundation) and this is not desired always.

    So IF a such function then only with the possibility to exclude rules.

    Greetings
     
  24. lordraiden

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    That's true but aren't those rules disable by default? Then it could be skipped.
    I always delete all the windows firewall rules and start from scratch every time I install WFC and never noticed anything weird
     
  25. Alpengreis

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    Yep ... disabled by default. Could be skipped, that's right.

    But what is with portable programs which are maybe still enabled if the portable device is removed?

    So or so, IF a such function (personally I find your idea good), then please as option and with the possibility for exluding rules IMHO so we would have a solution for all cases.
     
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