Open Port for Programs in Windows® 7 Firewall
Why Firewall blocks the programs automatically in Windows 7?
A Firewall is a software that checks information coming from the Internet. Firewall blocks or allows information to pass through to your computer, depending on the settings. A Firewall can stop hackers or malicious software from gaining access to your computer through a network. It also helps in stopping your computer from sending malicious software to other computers. Windows Firewall blocks most of these programs. This makes your computer more secure. To work properly, some programs need to allow them to communicate through the Firewall. If Windows Firewall is blocking a program and if you want to allow that program to communicate through the Firewall, you can do it by selecting the program in the list of allowed programs in Windows Firewall. Firewall blocks programs so as to protect the system from threats like virus, malware, adware etc.
Following are some of the details regarding the Windows Firewall open port:
- Tips to open the port in Windows 7
- Tips to allow to program through Firewall
- Tips to communicate with other computers
Tips to open the port in Windows 7
A port stays open all the time, so make sure to close ports that you do not need anymore. For example, to play a multiplayer game with friends online in the Internet, you need to open a port for the game so that the Firewall allows the game in order to reach your computer. For opening the port, first open Windows Firewall by clicking the 'Start' button, and then click 'Control Panel'. In the 'Search' box, you could type 'Firewall', and then click 'Windows Firewall'. In the left pane, click the 'Advanced settings'. Type the password or provide confirmation, if you are prompted for an administrator password. In the 'Windows Firewall with Advanced Security' dialog box, click 'Inbound Rules', and then click 'New Rule' in the right pane. Follow the guidelines in the 'New Inbound Rule' wizard. Select a port in the 'New Inbound Rule' Wizard and then click 'Next'.
Tips to allow to program through Firewall:
For this, open 'Windows Firewall' by clicking the 'Start' button, and then click on 'Control Panel'. In the 'Search' box, type 'Firewall', and then click 'Windows Firewall'. Then in the left pane, you could click 'Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall'. Then click 'Change settings'. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. Select the check box next to the program, then select the network locations you want to allow communication on, and then click 'OK'. It is safer to add a program to the list of allowed programs than to open a port. Opening a port is referred to as punching a hole in the Firewall.
Sometimes you might not be able to communicate with other computers through Firewall. For this, open the 'Incoming Connections troubleshooter' by clicking the 'Start' button. You need to then click on the 'Control Panel'. Then, type 'Troubleshooter' in the 'Search' box and click on 'Troubleshooting'. After that click 'View all', and then click 'Incoming Connections'.
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