What is the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service?

An explanation of the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service in Windows 7.

What does the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service do?

The base filtering engine service is used to manage the firewall policies and reports statistics about the firewall.

Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service details

  • Service name: BFE
  • Description: The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) is a service that manages firewall and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policies and implements user mode filtering. Stopping or disabling the BFE service will significantly reduce the security of the system. It will also result in unpredictable behavior in IPsec management and firewall applications.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service?

Yes your computer needs the base filtering engine service. It manages firewall policies.

Should I disable the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; you should never disable the base filtering engine service. If you do, your computer will not be secure and there will be unpredictable behavior with the firewall.

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