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How to disable the firewall in Windows 7


A firewall is a firewall built into the operating system that is designed to protect against hacker attacks and infected sites. Due to the fact that there are many separate firewalls that are more convenient to configure, as well as anti-virus programs with built-in protection, the question of how to turn off the firewall will always be relevant.

Why is it worth turning it off?

The os windows firmware is far from always the best. Therefore, choosing for yourself a more reliable and convenient way to protect against hacker attacks, you need to disable the network filter. To do this, you need to figure out how to open the firewall.

Disabling is also important when you are using a virus protection program, as most of the popular anti-virus programs among users already have a firewall built in.

Using two firewalls will not lead to anything good and can cause problems associated with service conflicts, slowdowns, or cause errors in accessing network resources. In addition, double filtering will not protect you better, since it works on the same principle. But it will lead to a "freeze" of pages during the scan.

How to turn off the regular protective program?

To disable the windows firewall, do the following:

  1. Open the "Control Panel",
  2. Open the “windows firewall” settings change,
  3. From the menu on the left you need to select the option “Enable or disable windows firewall”,
  4. Use the parameter change to disable the firewall for each of your networks.

After applying the settings, you need to restart the computer.

Why is it necessary to stop the service, and how to do it?

Now that the firewall windows is stopped, you can start disabling the built-in service, which is enabled by default and still works. Each running service of the operating system loads RAM and represents a process or part of it.

Just disabling the firewall means only stopping it. The software part will continue to work while the service is on, which means that it will use the system’s resources. To disable the windows firewall service, do the following:

  1. To change the settings, go to the “Control Panel” and go to the “Administration” setting,
  2. Select "Services",
  3. In the list you need to find "windows firewall",
  4. Double-click on it to enter the parameter settings,
  5. Change the startup type to “Disabled” and click the “Apply” button.

You can also change the startup type to “Manual” and “Stop” the running service. After rebooting the operating system, the firewall will remain off, but the applications and local services associated with it will start without problems.

After you have configured and restarted the PC, you can proceed with the installation of antivirus or firewall.

The built-in security features of the operating system are not very productive, so it is better to use a separate firewall or built-in anti-virus software. However, before this, you must disable the regular firewall in order to avoid incompatibility and delay due to double filtering.

What is a firewall and why disable it?

A firewall, it is a firewall (firewall), it is a firewall (hereinafter these words will be used as synonyms) protects our computer from intrusions from outside and from information leakage into the network. In general, the word firewall in English means “wall from fire”, and the firewall is the same, only in German, if I'm not mistaken.

In normal, it should be a separate software product, a powerful program! For example, Outpost Firewall, Comodo Firewall, or Norton Internet Security. But third-party programs, as a rule, are bulky, consuming a lot of system resources and require a lot of knowledge and nerves to configure. Therefore, most users are satisfied with the built-in Windows firewall. I must say right away that disassembling these programs is not included in the topic of the article, in order to get more information, subscribe to blog updates.

However, almost all popular antiviruses have a built-in firewall. So, if you installed such an antivirus, then you may have a legitimate desire to disable the built-in firewall in Windows. Also, for various problems with access to programs on the Internet or vice versa - with access from the Internet to a computer, you can try to turn off the firewall to check if there is anything wrong with it. In some cases, a firewall can affect the speed of your Internet connection.

Disabling the Windows 7/8/10 Firewall

I must say right away that compared to the Windows XP firewall, the seven have reliable protection, and you should turn it off only if you know exactly what it has been exchanged for and what will happen to you.

If you nevertheless decided to disable the Windows firewall, then I will show you how to do this simply in steps:

  • To enter the firewall enable / disable window, go to the Windows 7/10 control panel and start the firewall configuration. We go to “Start -> Control Panel”, and then, depending on the type of control panel view, the placement of the firewall icon will vary slightly. For the classic view, click on the firewall icon:
    For categories, click on "System and Security", and then on the "Firewall"
  • In the settings window, we need to go to "Turning Windows Firewall On or Off"
  • And here we already directly disable the firewall in the selected types of networks

A small digression is required here. The fact is that Windows 7-10 distinguishes between Home (Work) networks and Social networks. It’s easy to guess that home and work networks are local networks under your control, and public networks are the Internet. For home networks, they usually do not include a firewall, even if there is no alternative, just to not have access problems. For example, if you have a computer or media player connected to your home network, it is better to disable the firewall for home networks so that there are no problems with accessing the computer’s resources.

If you installed another program or antivirus with a built-in firewall, then disable the Windows 7 firewall for all networks! This is necessary because two firewalls should not work on a computer at the same time, just as two antiviruses should not be installed. Otherwise, they will conflict with each other, which can lead to severe braking of the computer or even freeze. It's like letting a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law in one kitchen 🙂

However, most programs with a built-in firewall replace the Windows firewall and the window will say “These settings are controlled by the application of the ESET Internet Security provider”, i.e. indicates the program that is installed with you.

In this case, you can’t disable anything from the control panel, for this you need to open the program settings. For example, I have NOD32, and to disable protection you just need to right-click on the application icon in the system tray and select "Suspend the firewall (allow all traffic)"

Most other antiviruses do the same.

And how to simply turn off the service?

In principle, after the actions taken, the protection no longer works. But some simply turn off a service on Windows called the Firewall. At the same time, all functions of the firewall are disabled regardless of its settings. To disable a service:

  • Go to "Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Services" and find "Windows Firewall" in the list.
  • Right click on it and select “Stop”
  • To prevent the firewall from turning on after rebooting, right-click again and select "Properties", and there, change the startup type to "Disabled"

Now the firewall is turned off and will not turn on at the next boot. Accordingly, to turn on the Windows 7,8,10 firewall, perform all actions in the reverse order 🙂

Remember! That disabling the firewall for good, having no other alternative, you put your computer and all the data on it at risk!

If there are any access problems that disappear after disabling the firewall, it is better to figure out and configure the service once, than to disable it permanently.

From this article, you learned what the Windows 7 firewall is, how to disable it correctly, why it is needed at all, and what could be fraught with it. You can enable the firewall in the reverse order. Share the article with your friends, they will thank you!

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Shutdown options

In all versions of the operating system, starting from XP, shutdown methods are repeated. You can disable the firewall using the following methods:

  • Control Panel.
  • Command line.
  • Program "Services».
  • List of allowed programs.
  • Registry.

The latter method does not completely disable the firewall. Let's look at each method in more detail.

Control Panel

This option is the most convenient and will suit most users. Consider the sequence of actions:

  1. To get in Control Panel can be as follows: in Windows 7, click on "Control Panel", In Windows 8 and 10 click on the icon Start right-click and select “Control Panel».
  2. In the window that opens, select the "system and safety».
  3. In the following list, find the line “Windows Firewall"And click on it.
  4. In the right list of subsections, select "Turning Windows Firewall On or Off».
  5. Set all the parameters to the position with the word disable, this is clearly shown in the screenshot. Then confirm the changes with the OK button.

Done! Turning off the firewall will not interfere with the work of third-party programs.

How to add a utility to the exclusion list

Consider the case when the user needs to run a certain program, but the firewall in every way prevents this. In this case, we will add the program to the exceptions:

  1. In the firewall settings window, select "Allow interaction with the application or components in the Windows Firewall».
  2. In the new window, check off the applications that you want to add to the list of allowed. Confirm the changes with the OK button.

Now the firewall will continue to work as usual, but it will not respond to the activity of programs from the list of allowed.

Second method

Open Command line with administrator rights in any convenient way:

  • Press Win + R on your keyboard. In the window "RunEnter "cmd».
  • You can also find Command line through the menu Startby selecting “All applications", After going to"Office". Right-click on the program icon and run it as administrator using the corresponding menu item.

A command prompt window will open on your desktop.

To disable the utility, enter netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off in the window that opens, as shown in the screenshot.

To perform the operation, press Enter. After its execution, close the window Command line.

Now you know another way to turn off the Windows 7 firewall.

Disconnect via Services

Consider another simple option. To do this, you need to open the utility "Run»Using the key combination Win + R. Next, enter the services.msc command and click OK.

In the list of all services, find the line “Windows Firewall". If necessary, use the search through CTRL + F. Click on it with the right mouse button and select “Stop". You can also disable the firewall with the "Leave the service”, Which you can see in the screenshot.

To prevent the service from starting automatically every time you turn on the computer, you must do the following:

  1. In the window "Services"Right-click on the firewall and select"The properties».
  2. In the column "Launch type"Move the parameter to"Manually" or "Disconnected».
  3. Confirm the changes with the “To apply"And close"The properties».

Now you know how to disable the Windows 8, 7, or 10 firewall in three different ways. Let's move on to the last one.

Shutdown through the registry

To disable the utility through the registry, consider the sequence of actions:

  1. Before disabling the standard Windows XP, 7, 8, or 10 firewall through the registry, you must run the program through the "Run»Regedit team
  2. Follow the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services SharedAccess
    Parameters FirewallPolicy StandardProfile.
  3. Select an option, as in the screenshot, by double-clicking the mouse button.
  4. In the window "Changing the DWORD parameter (32 bits)" in field "Value»Enter the number 0 instead of 1. Confirm the changes with the OK button.
  5. After that, close all programs and restart the computer.

After turning on the PC, all changes must take effect.

The described methods are relevant on all Windows operating systems, starting with XP and ending with 10 with all released updates.

What is a firewall?

This is the name of special software, the main property of which is the security of a personal computer. This is an important task, because there is always a risk of bringing some kind of virus to the device or undergoing a hacker attack. For Windows 7 and 8 operating systems, such a program is built-in; you don’t have to buy it additionally.

What is needed and how does it work

This program is part of the Windows Security Center. A feature of the firewall is that it checks all incoming network traffic, and if a program is detected that carries a danger that could be harmful, it will be blocked. Controls the launch of connected programs, and the choice is made by the user. With all the advantages of this software, there are situations when it needs to be deactivated in order to avoid malfunctioning of the PC, so it is important to understand how to disable the firewall.

Disabling the firewall in Windows 7

One of the most common reasons for turning off the system firewall (firewall) is the need for a fast, non-stop process of installed programs and applications, which is difficult due to the increased security mode. To disable the firewall in Windows 7, you can use two ways: disconnect through the command line or use the control panel. The method that allows you to deactivate the program is chosen by the user himself: he monitors the step-by-step execution of the instructions.

Via command line

You can open the command line on the computer by selecting the search line from the Start menu and typing the phrase "command line" or cmd. In the menu that appears, click on the inscription “key line”, after which a window with a black screen opens. You can open it in a slightly different way - simply by simultaneously pressing the "Start" + "R" key. In the appeared input field, type cmd, the same black window appears. So, in it we enter "netsh firewall ipv4 set opm>

Using the command line, you can turn off the firewall using the msconfig and services.msc commands. The principle of operation is similar: simultaneous pressing of the "Start" + "R" keys, the input of "msconfig", the selection of the "System Configuration" section. Then we open the “Services” console, where opposite the phrase “Windows Firewall” we remove the daw and close it with the “Apply” button. To use services.msc on the command line, type the name of the command, then look for the same line in the Services window, right-click on it. In the context menu, select "Stop".

On the control panel

For this method we find the button “Control Panel”. After pressing it, you need to select the "System and Security" item with the cursor, inside which click "Windows Firewall", then "Turn on and off." You can change the viewing properties by selecting "Large Icons" at the top right, then the desired item will appear immediately. When you click the last button, a window will open in which you must click all the buttons related to the shutdown. We fix the selection with the OK button and we see a notification at the bottom of the screen from the Support Center about the operation performed.

Deactivating Firewall in Windows 8

This version of the operating system provides for temporary (partial) and permanent (with full unloading) shutdown of the system firewall. The shutdown system in the operating system under consideration differs from deactivation from the previous OS version in that in the latest version it will be possible to select the desired function only by logging on to the “Control Panel”. Already in it should find a section related to software.

Temporary shutdown

First of all, through the search bar from the "Start" menu or by pressing the keyboard shortcut "Start" + "I", you need to select "Control Panel". While there, we do almost the same thing as when working in the described operating systems: in the "System and Security" section we find "Windows 8 Firewall", then click on the "Enable and Disable" command. In the window that opens, check all the items (there should be 2) related to disabling the software.

Complete deactivation

An option may be required if a reliable anti-virus protection program is installed on the computer. The firewall will be superfluous, slowing down the PC. Then the user selects a permanent shutdown, which begins by simultaneously pressing the "Start" and "R" buttons. In the new window we type services.msc, in the next we find the inscription “Windows Firewall” located on the right, select it. Another window appears in front of us, where we should click on the “General” tab, in the startup type we make a replacement and select “Disabled”, then click “Disable”. Подтверждаем выбор нажатием «ОК».

Как отключить файрвол в Windows 10

Схема, помогающая отключить брандмауэр Windows 10, не отличается от способов, описанных ранее. A simple way would be to deactivate using the “Control Panel”. The command line method is also applicable, but it is more complicated to execute and requires certain working skills. Therefore, a more effective method is to turn it off through the "Control Panel", which does not require reinstalling the computer in order to complete the installation of changes.

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