Learn how to manually allow a program or feature through Windows 7’s firewall.
When an unknown program or feature initially tries to access the internet the Windows 7 firewall displays a Windows Security Alert asking you if it should allow the program access to the internet.
Here’s now to manually allow a program through the Windows firewall if you need to change these settings later.
Manually Allow a Program through Windows 7’s Firewall
- Open Control Panel in the Start menu.
- Open Windows Firewall in the Control Panel.
Note: If Windows Firewall is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.
- Select Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall in the left column of the Windows Firewall window.
- Click the Change settings button in the Allowed Programs window.
- Check off the program or feature and whether you want to open it up to a home/work (private), public, or both for all networks. Click OK to save the changes.
Manually Allow an Unlisted Program through Windows 7’s Firewall
What if the program I want to allow through the Windows 7 firewall is not listed?
- Follow the steps above.
- When you get to the last step (above) click the Allow another program button.
- Select the program from the Add a Program list or click Browse to find it, and then click Add.
- Check off whether you want to open it up to a home/work (private), public, or both for all networks and then click OK to save the settings.
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