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herbc 25. Mar 2014 12:49 AM

Chrome and firewall question
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Hi folks, I am confused why this firewall message popped up while installing chrome.

Could someone advise on what I should do ? I only use this computer at home and have it set to public networks since it offers more security, I am also in workplace.

Thanks guys

eyeb 25. Mar 2014 01:14 AM

because chrome's a internet browser so it needs to connect to the internet? maybe trying to see if it needs an update too

but i didn't know the chrome installs to the program folder of the c drive... you sure it is the real chrome? thought it went to the users folder for some odd reasons :S

Burn-IT 25. Mar 2014 11:38 AM

No it IS a program and installs in the default program folder - often without OBVIOUSLY asking first whether you want it (when It comes bundled with other stuff)

herbc 25. Mar 2014 11:41 AM

I apologize for my lack of understanding but I'm still confused about what to check and what not to check.

Anupam 25. Mar 2014 11:52 AM

First of all, you shouldn't choose Public Network. You are obviously not on a public network, which is for places like coffee shop, etc. You should choose a work network most probably. Atleast that is what I do with my system, since I do not have any home network and I receive internet via LAN from my ISP.

Regarding firewall and applications... applications which need internet to function should be allowed access in the firewall. Like Chrome... it's a web browser, and therefore, it obviously needs access to the internet, and therefore, you should allow access to it.

Similarly, for other applications, if they need internet access to function properly, then you need to allow access to them, otherwise not.

Like, there might be some applications who do not need to connect to internet in order for them to work, but they might have been set to regularly check for update, or download updates, like Adobe Reader... then you need to allow access to them. The decision is yours, based on the settings you have for that software.

herbc 25. Mar 2014 02:58 PM

I guess I was given the wrong information on multiple occasions , I just have one computer at home , there is no one else around .

I was always told to check the public network option since it has the most safety protocols but as you said it may be the wrong option .


Choose Public network for networks in public places (such as coffee shops or airports). This location is designed to keep your computer from being visible to other computers around you and to help protect your computer from any malicious software from the Internet. HomeGroup is not available on public networks, and network discovery is turned off. You should also choose this option if you're connected directly to the Internet without using a router, or if you have a mobile broadband connection.

Anupam 25. Mar 2014 03:00 PM

Well, if what is said in the quoted text applies to you, then choose the public network option.

herbc 27. Mar 2014 02:28 AM

I just have a modem and I connect through an Ethernet cable with broadband , I don't have any routers.

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