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Thread: How to reset initial Windows Firewall state to default? Why so many Allow rules?

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    pstein is offline New Member
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    Default How to reset initial Windows Firewall state to default? Why so many Allow rules?

    After having used for some years another firewall I considered now to switch to MS built in Windows Firewall (in Win 7 Pro).

    So I deinstalled the old FW and enabled the MS WF.

    When I go now to wf.msc e.g into "Inbound rules" section then there are much to my surprise many "Allow" rules for external, non-microsoft prgms which I never entered. They must be added (in the past) somehow automatically.

    How can this be?

    How can I reset the rule set to the initial state just as if I would have installed Win 7 just a few minutes ago?

    Moreover I searched for a 3rd party program which is currently not listed in the WinFW ruleset e.g. a shareware or other program ABC. Ok, now I started this program and did some actions which triggered an Internet connection from this program.
    Unfortunately It worked.

    I expected a WinFW popup informing me that prorgam ABC wants to connect outside....but nothing happened.
    The program was able to do this WITHOUT prompt.

    Yes, I enabled "notifications when prgms blocked"

    So what?

    Why is WinFW not doing its job?


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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    The Windows Firewall is meant for the common end user who does not want to or have the know-how to set rules. It gives out near-nil notifications. The OS, based on the program reputation & user usage, sets the rules automatically.

    If you want to reset the Firewall settings pls see Restore or reset Windows Firewall settings to defaults

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