Learn why firewall in Windows® 7 keeps locking up
What are the reasons due to which the firewall in Windows 7 locks up constantly? How can the issue be resolved?
Windows 7 operating system comes with lots of advanced technologies and features. This is the latest operating system from the Windows series and is the successor to the Windows Vista operating system. Windows 7 offers lots of security features such as Windows Firewall, Automatic Updates etc to keep our Windows 7 system clean and safe. Windows Firewall keeps the system safe from all kind of threats such as viruses, worms etc. But in some cases Windows 7 Firewall may keep locking up. This will create lots of problems in Windows 7 system and users cannot access any of Windows 7 utilities. This will result in degrading performance of the operating system.
Some of the reason due to which the firewall in Windows 7 system keeps locking up and tips to fix the issues are explained below:
- Perform Virus Scan
- Disable Third Party Security Tools
In some situation the firewall in Windows 7 freezes or keeps locking up. There are lots of reasons for the freezing or locking up of firewall. Any third party security tool installed in the system may be one reason for the firewall locking up issue. Any antivirus software or personal firewall installed in your Windows 7 may cause conflicts with Windows Firewall and will result in freezing. Similarly the presence of malicious programs such as worms, viruses and Trojans also disable Firewall and results in frequent freezing/locking.
Perform Virus Scan
In most cases the reason for the locking up of firewall is due to the presence of infections such as Trojans, viruses and other malwares. These malicious codes have the ability to damage and disable Firewall which will result in problems such as freezing/locking, crashing etc. You can get rid of these infections by performing a full virus scan. There are lots of utilities in the market to remove these infections.
If your Windows system contains third party configuration tools such as antivirus software, personal firewall etc, these programs may cause conflicts with Windows 7 firewall and will result in problems such as Windows 7 locking up. You can resolve these issues either by allowing exception in Windows Firewall. You can add these third party tools as exception in Windows Firewall. You can also get rid of the issue by disabling these third part tools.
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