Windows Firewall Control (WFC) by BiniSoft.org

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  1. Special

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    WFC is really polish IMO, the GUI and everything just makes sense, how it opens, how middle clicks close a window, etc. "un-polish" would be cutting corners, adding something that isn't quite "perfect" because it's quicker to do then going the extra mile, the "10 times more work" is his words not mine...

    Basically no one will ever complain that there are optional configurable hotkeys, but some might if they're not.

    And programs like DisplayFusion, MSI Afterburner, etc. are global, so there's always a chance something might clash in the future even if not now. Not saying it's a problem right now because the programs I mentioned are totally customizable on the hotkey front, but image if they weren't.
     
  2. Stukalide

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    Half the features in WFC wouldn't exist if alex had stopped development once it reached a polished state. In the Connection log, there used to be no context menu options such as searching rules or creating a customized rule based on an entry. Yet you could say WFC was polished already then, as well.

    Absolutely, WFC is polished, and has been for a long time. But polished doesn't equate with freezing improvement + development altogether, forever. I understand what you're getting at in general, as happens with software from time to time -- feature bloat, feature creep, etc. But keyboard shortcuts are probably the furthest possible thing from de-polishing; so far from de-polishing, in fact, it's almost satirical.

    Further, adding keyboard shortcuts isn't cutting corners. Keyboard shortcuts pervade all software, in fact, it's a positive when software has equivalent keyboard shortcuts vs. having to do everything with slower, imprecise point and clicking. When you want to reload a site while browsing, do you mouse-click the reload button? Or do you press Ctrl-R | Ctrl-Shift-R | F5? Because I can't remember the last time I've clicked the reload button, or the stop button (Escape), or clicked into the URL bar and selected the current URL (Alt-D), or popped into the browser search box (Ctrl-K), or exited a multi-windowed browser (Ctrl-Shift-Q, Alt-F-X), or mouse-opened History (Ctrl-Shift-H) or Bookmarks (Ctrl-Shift-B). And there's even added functionality in keyboard shortcuts that you can't get from mere mouse clicking alone, such as reloading: Ctrl-R reloads, but Ctrl-Shift-R reloads bypassing cache.

    Above all, you wouldn't be forced to use any keyboard shortcuts and can continue mouse-clicking, making it the same level of polish you've been personally accustomed to.
     
  3. popescu

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    Bugs in the latest version:

    Bug#1: with WFC freshly installed and enabled (medium filtering), I cannot sign in my VPN /L2TP servers.
    If I chose "no filtering" everything is OK

    Bug#2: if I change the configuration and the confirmation message will appear ('Are you sure ...") AND at the same time a regular firewall message pops-up about allow/deny (will appear on top of that), the system will freeze:

    you cannot answer to the first window (which is behind) and you cannot answer to the top message which is related to what answer you provided before.
     
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  4. alexandrud

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    This is not a bug. Each VPN software requires certain firewall rules in order to work when outbound filtering is enabled in Windows Firewall. Have you tried to verify the Connections Log or to enable the notifications to see what is blocked when the VPN is connecting ?
    I can not reproduce this. However, the system would not freeze. In the worst case, WFC would freeze, not the system. I tried different variations of this scenario and I was always able to close WFC dialogs, no matter of the order in which they were displayed. Anyone else, do you have a similar problem ?
     
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    @alexandrud

    [Bug (v6.0.2.0)?]: Time Sort in Connection Log isn't possible (properly)


    Right after open the connection log it's (sometimes?) possible to klick in the related field ... however: it has never correct sorted (it seems) after I changed the sort direction. Also after chose another sort methode(s), it's no more possible to sort with time (after a click in the field, the sort symbol (little triangle) does no more appearing)).
     
  6. popescu

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    I do not use a VPN software; I set up the VPN / L2TP manually , with user name, password, server name and shared key. With "Medium filtering" and "Notifications enabled" , I cannot connect: the connection stays indefinitely at "Connecting..." and no notifications are displayed . If I switch to "No filtering" the connection is possible

    Is true, the WFC will freeze but all I can do is to move the mouse. I had to reboot in order to recover.
     
  7. alexandrud

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    This is indeed a bug. I will add on the to do list and will be fixed.
    You can kill the process wfc.exe and restart it. A reboot is not required.
     
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    You "set up" what? Surely, your VPN software? I think you meant you don't use some sort of configuration wizard?

    Having set up server name etc, some software on your system is communicating with that server. If the thing doing the communicating is not VPN software", what is it?
     
  9. bege10

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    Hi,
    I have just installed Windows Firewall Control. I am amazed that I didn't read about this amazing tool earlier.

    There are 4 (why?) equal standard entries in the outward rules that allow the sharedaccess service with no restriction (all protocols, ports and so on. And WFC still displays a notification for the service host and sharedaccess service.
    If others also have these 4 entries, is there any difference in the mentioned standard rules that I missed?
    Why does WFC still show a notification?
     
  10. alexandrud

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    Screenshots please. With the rules (please include all columns) and the notification dialog. Thank you. I have only one. Did you import a policy multiple times ? Or did you create the same rule multiple times ?
     
  11. popescu

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    I manually set up my VPN connection as explained here:

    https://www.windowscentral.com/how-manually-configure-vpn-windows-10

    Point is, after installing WFC I cannot connect to any VPN server and also there is no notification displayed ; only switching to "no filtering' will allow me to connect to the VPN.
     
  12. alexandrud

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    WFC is not the culprit here since it is not doing any packet filtering. Connectivity issues are with Windows Firewall itself not with WFC in particular. Try to enable the rules from the group named "Routing and Remote Access". If an inbound rule is required (and it is most likely) you have to check the Connection Log for inbound blocked connections, as WFC will not display any notification for them. Read also this article: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/configure-vpn-connection-windows
     
  13. popescu

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    Thank you for your answer!

    What I do not understand is why without WFC I can connect fine to all servers from my VPN network and as soon as I install WFC with "medium filtering " I cannot? We are talking about the same Windows Firewall here...
     
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    IVPN works fine with MWFC (v.6.0.2.0) on both OpenVPN and WireGuard.

    Robert
     
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    Haven't you accidentally forgotten who this thing belongs to? Could it not have any connections with given problems?
    https://press.malwarebytes.com/2018...xpand-security-offering-and-global-footprint/
     
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    Tree new rules created in "Rules Panel" and "allowed" but no pop up from WFC.
    @{Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp_11911.1001.5.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe?ms-resource://Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp/Resources/DisplayTitle}............ Allow

    The rules in the attachment are between Host Process... and Microsoft office...
    I manually switched them to "Block"

    How were these rules created behind WFC backo_O rules.jpg
     
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  18. alexandrud

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    This has nothing to do with this. Why would you try to suggest anything like this ?
    Medium Filtering profile is enabling outbound filtering mode in Windows Firewall which is by default disabled so that everything can connect to the Internet. From WFC you just switch some Windows Firewall settings which otherwise are less accessible from WFwAS console.
    Everything as expected. For this reason I have implemented Secure Rules feature. Those rules were created by the operating system. I recommend you to read the user manual to understand better what WFC is supposed to do and what is supposed not. Read below how Windows Firewall works and how Secure Rules can improve your experience with it:
    https://binisoft.org/pdf/guides/Malwarebytes-WFC-User-Guide.pdf#page=25
     
  19. popescu

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    Thank you for your answer!

    I found the problem for not connecting to VPN :I had to add a rule (from blocked connections) : NT Kernel7System (System).....Allow
    However, I never received a notification from WFC regarding this request.

    Now, about "Secure Rules" ;If I enable it, and a program wants to create a rule, I would get a notification from WFC or simply the program will fail to connect to the internet , without notificationso_O

    Thanks!
     
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    The application will not be able to connect independently or unnoticed, you will receive a notification from the WFC. "Secure Rules" are protected only from changing or creating rules by third-party programs, from outside the WFC, @{Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp_11911.1001.5.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe?ms-resource://Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp/Resources/DisplayTitle} cannot create a rule.
     
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    "Secure Rules" doesn't work as intended, see attachment.
    Even though is enabled and "Disabled Unauthorized Rules" still I have several rules created by Windows, WHICH ARE NOT DISABLED, see the top of attachment. rules.jpg
     
  22. bege10

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    I had exactly the same rules. After activating Secure Rules they didn't appear any more.
    Did you import the already existing group names when you activated Secure Rules? If so, did you delete the group names of the unwanted rules?
     
  23. popescu

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    I did not import anything; I created the rule one by one based on notifications and at a certain point I selected "Secure Rules" and "disable unauthorized rules"
    After several hours I opened the "Rules panel" and I noticed some rules on the top being allowed , created by Windows.
     
  24. alexandrud

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    Below, did you press on the highlighted button ? What do you have in the Authorized groups list ? Because the behavior that you reported happens if those group names are added in the Authorized groups list, which happens when you press on the Import group names from the current existing rules button.

    upload_2019-11-10_17-21-20.png
    Have you tried to disable and re-enable Secure Rules ? Can you please manually test this ?
    1. Enable Secure Rules.
    2. Launch cmd.exe with Administrative privileges.
    3. Execute netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="Notepad" dir=out action=allow program="C:\Windows\Notepad.exe" enable=yes
    4. Refresh the rules in Rules Panel and check if you have the new rule for Notepad that you just created. Is it there ? Or was it disabled/removed by Secure Rules ?
     
  25. popescu

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    I had only Windows Firewall Control and Temporary Rules.
    I cannot troubleshoot anymore because I uninstalled WFC and reinstalled version 5.4.1.0
     
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