Windows 10 Firewall Control

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Windows 10 Firewall Control

A good choice to supplement the Windows built-in Firewall and compatible with Windows XP and higher.

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Our rating: 

4
License: Free (Limited features)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Firewall - Basic
Tags: firewall, HIPS

Pros & Cons:

Simple and effective; uses Window's built-in firewall platform so no third party kernel drivers are needed. Very small footprint. Three modes to choose from (Normal, EnableAll or DisableAll). Great for complementing Windows' built-in firewall.
May be a bit annoying to use at first since the user must configure the initial rules for all their applications; no training mode. The dialog box that pops up to allow/disallow a particular program has a lot of information, some of which may not be too user friendly to beginner computer users. Online manual could be more comprehensive.

Our Review:

Windows 10 Firewall Control is a good choice to supplement the Windows built-in Firewall. Despite its name, the program is compatible with Windows XP and higher. The vendor offers multiple editions, in addition to its freeware edition. In a nutshell, Windows 10 Firewall Control allows the user to configure the Windows firewall to block or allow applications from connecting to the internet; it adds better outbound protection configuration to the built-in Firewall. It is based on the Windows Filtering Platform (which is what the built-in firewall is also based on), so unlike most other firewalls it does not install any third party kernel drivers. The user interface is clean and simple, reflecting what this program does (ie. block or allow application access - nothing more).

There are three modes a user can choose from; Normal, DisableAll, or EnableAll. DisableAll disables all applications regardless of program settings, while EnableAll allows all application access (essentially equivalent to switching off the firewall completely). Unless needing to test something specifically, the Normal Mode is the recommended one - applications/programs are allowed or denied access depending on the rules set.

Under the Normal Mode, when a program tries to access the internet for the first time (upon installation of W7 Firewall Control) a window pop-ups with information on what the application is, the publisher, etc (assuming default program settings). You can then allow or disallow access, either permanently or as a one-time basis. Selecting the former option will add the settings permanently to the Programs list, while with the latter option you will have to deal with the pop-up window again on the next launch.

In addition to the window pop-up for new programs, activities that take place (ie. blocked/allowed traffic, etc) are logged and shows up in the bottom right corner of your screen. Both the pop-up window and log activity notification dialogue can be turned on or off at the user's discretion.

That's basically all there is to it. It may get a bit annoying when you first starting using it, since you will have to define the initial rules for all your applications (ie. allow or disallow them); this includes everything from Internet Explorer to your antivirus program. Nevertheless, Windows 10 Firewall Control allows greater and easier control over the built-in firewall without installing additional kernel drivers on your computer.


Windows 10 Firewall Control was reviewed by on based on version 7.5.

Comments

Thanks to TechSupportAlert for this review
I have used Windows 10 Firewall Control for one year now.
It fulfils the five criteria I expect from security software

1)Very low use of system resources
Uses 12MB on my system.

2)Reliable, Not once has it crashed or conflicted with other software on my computer

3)Straightforward function
Every time an application on my computer tries to contact the internet, a message is displayed
I can then choose to allow or block the application. Simple

4)Unobtrusive - no ads, no unnecessary messages, lets me go about my computing, stays in the background

5)Free

Excellent program and highly recommended
I use Windows 7, 64 bit
I have no affiliation with this software.