Windows Firewall Control is a nifty little application which extends the functionality of the Windows Firewall and provides quick access to the most frequent options of Windows Firewall. It runs in the system tray and allows user to control the native firewall easily without having to waste time by navigating to the specific part of the firewall.

Windows Firewall Control offers four filtering modes which can be switched with just a mouse click:

High Filtering – All outbound and inbound connections are blocked. This setting blocks all attempts to connect to and from your computer.
Medium Filtering – Outbound connections that do not match a rule are blocked. Only programs you allow can initiate outbound connections.
Low Filtering – Outbound connections that do not match a rule are allowed. The user can block the programs he doesn’t want to initiate outbound connections.
No Filtering – Windows Firewall is turned off. Avoid using this setting unless you have another firewall running on your computer.

Program Features
v Just one small executable file. All features are packed in the same file.
v Intuitive and easy accessible interface in the system tray.
v Full support with standard user accounts.
v Possibility to create temporary rules.
v Disable the ability of other programs to add Windows Firewall rules.
v Multiple and easier ways of creating new rules in Windows Firewall.
v Full support of creating, modifying and deleting Window Firewall rules.
v Lock feature which can disable the access to the settings of the program.
v Shell integration into the right click context menu of the executable files.
v Search for invalid rules with the possibility to delete them.
v Search for executable files through folders and create new rules in seconds.
v View recently blocked connections and create new rules from the log.
v Choose if you want the program to start at user logon.
v Import and export the settings of the program.
v Protection to unauthorized uninstallation.
v Possibility to restore previous settings at uninstallation.
v And many more. Just try it out.

What’s new in version 4.5.0.0 (29.05.2015)
– New: Added a new button in the Rules Panel for columns configuration. When this
button is clicked, it opens the same context menu as the right menu click from the
data grid header.
– New: Added alternative ways to specify the color of the user interface in the
Options tab, by using RGB values or by specifying the hex color.
– New: Invalid rules are automatically detected When opening the Rules Panel. They
are displayed with red color and have a specific tooltip. Also, the color for
temporary rules was changed to blue.
– New: Added a new warning message before opening for editing an inbound rule with
EdgeTraversal set to ‘Defer to user’. Editing of this kind of rule is not fully
supported.
– New: Added the possibility to import, export or reset user settings. The new
options were added under the Options tab in Main Panel.
– Improved: The text from several text boxes from Main Panel will be automatically
selected when the controls will be focused to make it easier to quick update them.
– Improved: The URL services were moved from the Options tab to the Tools tab.
– Fixed: The default advanced notification settings are not the same when you make
a clean installation and when you reset them to the default values.

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