How To Block & Unblock A Program In Windows Firewall

how to block or unblock program in windows firewall
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Windows Defender Firewall makes it easy to block harmful programs from accessing other resources on your computer. Similarly, you can unblock programs in Windows Firewall, in case you find that a particular program is being unnecessarily blocked.

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While trying to run a program on your computer you may come across a message that the program that you want to access has been blocked by the Firewall on your computer.

In case the program that you are trying to open is legitimate and you want to open it, you will have to unblock the program in Windows Firewall.

Similarly, in case you come across an unknown or potentially harmful program, you can block the program from accessing network resources on your computer using Windows Defender Firewall. Blocking and unblocking actions are important in Windows Operating systems.

1. Open the Control Panel on your computer.

Open control panel

2. On the Control Panel screen, make sure that you are in the “Category” View and click on the System and Security option.

System and security option

3. On the System and Security screen, click on the Allow an App through Windows Firewall option located under the Windows Defender Firewall section.

Windows Defender Firewall

4. On the next screen, uncheck the little box next to the program that you want to block in Windows Firewall.

Checking the box allows the program to access network resources on your computer.

5. If the program that you want to block or unblock is not listed, click on Allow another app. button.

6. Next, choose the App or Program from the list and click on Add. If the program is not listed, click on the Browse button and select the program from its location on your computer.

Why should we block programs from accessing the internet?

Although you generally want your applications to have free access to the network, there are a variety of situations in which you may wish to prevent an application from accessing the network.

  • For some simple reasons maybe, You might have an application that insists on automatically updating itself, but find that those updates break some functionality and you want to stop them.
  • You might have a video game that you’re comfortable with your child playing, but you’re not so comfortable with the online multiplayer elements.
  • You might be using an application with really obnoxious ads that can be silenced by cutting off the application’s Internet access.
  • Regardless of why you want to drop the cone of network connectivity silence over a given application, i will show you how you may do this. Let’s take a look at how to block an application from accessing the local network and Internet now.