Windows 10 Firewall Control
A good choice to supplement the Windows built-in Firewall and compatible with Windows XP and higher.
Pros & Cons:
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 Gizmos Freeware on based on version 7.5.