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How to manage Firewall settings for "Domain Networks"?

Aspirant

How to manage Firewall settings for "Domain Networks"?

We have the "Domain Networks" in the Windows Firewall disabled. With the installation of the 14.x client, F-Secure has re-enabled that on Windows computers running Windows 7 and 10. How do we selectively disable the "Domain Networks" firewall setting while leaving the rest enabled? I noticed that if I disabled the firewall setting in F-Secure, it disabled all the 3 firewall locations in Windows. 

 

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Superuser

Betreff: How to manage Firewall settings for "Domain Networks"?

Don't do that, dont try that.
It is a bad idea and lowering your security signifcantly.

What is the reason, that you wanted to switch off domain firewall?

Rethink your firewall usage. F-Secure can switch between different profiles. While I do strongly recommend not to do so you could create an "allow all" profile. Try to use the Office profile first!

Configure to only use F-Secure firewall (Ingnore all Firewall rules not listed in this profile).

Matthias
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perComp is a Platinum Partner of F-Secure since 1994. Any advice or help given by me in this forum is voluntarily and to my best knowledge based on working with the products since 1997. Direct contact for customers please check our homepage http://www.percomp.de

Aspirant

Betreff: How to manage Firewall settings for "Domain Networks"?

I appreciate the concern for our network security but that doesn't really answer my question. Is it not possible to control how F-Secure is manipulating the Windows Firewall settings? 


When I read the release notes for version 14 of the client and it said that it was eliminating the use of the F-Secure firewall and relying on the Windows firewall, no where did it say that it intended to take control of the Windows firewall settings. Nor did I expect it to hijack the Windows firewall settings and change them from what we had configured. That's bad behavior, if you ask me. Likewise, I didn't expect that by trying to turn off F-Secure's manipulation of the firewall settings that it would turn off all the firewall settings, even those that had been previously enabled. At the least, F-Secure should have made this clear in the release notes. The implementation of this seems to not have been thought through from the customer perspective. 

Superuser

Betreff: How to manage Firewall settings for "Domain Networks"?

You misunderstand the concept.

 

If you do not want Windows to add any rules to the firewall you have to disable them in the F-Secure configuration ("Ingnore all Firewall rules not listed in this profile").

F-Secure firewall rules are independant from Windows so that they can not be tampered with.
a "Firewall OFF" is realised by a "bypass all" (AFAIK same as windows does it).

So create a BypassAll-profile and use AutoSelection to switch the profile.
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Still I recommend NOT to disable local firewall n neither situation.

Matthias
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perComp is a Platinum Partner of F-Secure since 1994. Any advice or help given by me in this forum is voluntarily and to my best knowledge based on working with the products since 1997. Direct contact for customers please check our homepage http://www.percomp.de