Windows 10: Win Firewall - How does it know good from bad?

Discus and support Win Firewall - How does it know good from bad? in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; Until I went to Win 8 some years back I'd always used Zonealarm but with the advent of Win 8 and 10 advice seem to be that the inbuilt Windows Firewall... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by Sam Vimes, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. Sam Vimes Win User

    Win Firewall - How does it know good from bad?


    Until I went to Win 8 some years back I'd always used Zonealarm but with the advent of Win 8 and 10 advice seem to be that the inbuilt Windows Firewall was just as good so I've been using that. The one thing that's always concerned me is whether or not it actually works as well as there's never any evidence of it stopping incoming and/or outgoing traffic. Which may be a good thing anyway.

    I've had a look at the advanced settings for Inbound and Outbound rules and while some of the programs I've installed have rules there are a good many I have that don't appear anywhere. Also the rules for those in the list have been determined by MS presumably but how - and always seem to be set to Allow - nothing is blocked, which could mean that I'm careful about what I install I suppose.


    Does MS keep a list back home of all programs we're likely to have and then makes a unilateral decision to build a rule for them?

    The thing I liked about Zonealarm was that you could set it to prompt the first time a program or service wanted access to the internet and you could make a decision to allow or block, either temporarily or permanently. I personally found this useful as there were some programs that didn't need access to the internet to run but did try to 'phone home' and I prefered to block these.

    Just as an aside - I have just uninstalled a program but its network sync service is still running. Zonealarm showed this but not Windows Firewall. Now I can find the service and remove it manually.


    BTW: I've run GRCs Sheilds up with and without the Firewall on and there's very little difference in the results

    :)
     
    Sam Vimes, Nov 25, 2020
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  2. Good Antivirus + Firewall

    I would never put anything Norton on my computer.

    Nod32 is arguably the best antivirus. AVG is likely not as good, but it's free and at least pretty good.

    Firewalls, I'd put Comodo and whatever "Tiny Personal Firewall" is named nowadays on your short list. I think Kerio might have sold it now and it's named something else. Otherwise, just put Comodo on your short list. I think the current version's ease of use has taken a step backwards, seems a bit counter-intuitive when trying to do certain things with it, but overall it does a good job and the price is right.
     
    Deusxmachina, Nov 25, 2020
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  3. oemSoft Win User
    Is window 10 firewall 1 way or 2 way?

    I would like to know on how to create a white and black lists for firewall, so whenever any unknown traffic, it pops up and request permission and add into white or black lists in order to control and monitor and where to backup those lists as well.

    On the other hands, there are windows firewall and windows defender, is there any difference in term of firewall?

    Do you have any suggestions on whether win 10 Firewall has this feature or not?

    Thank you very much for any suggestions (^v^)
     
    oemSoft, Nov 25, 2020
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  4. Win Firewall - How does it know good from bad?

    good programs gone bad

    list all the programs here that you know was good but is now bad
     
    skellattarr, Nov 25, 2020
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