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Turn Windows 10 firewall on and off
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Quick guide: turn the firewall on or off
Quick Start Guide: Adding an Exception

Windows Firewall protects your network. Sometimes it can still be useful to turn them off. You can find out how to do this here..

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Windows protects your system independently from unauthorized access from the Internet. For your own safety, the firewall should always be activated. However, sometimes it is necessary to deactivate it in order to use certain software. We will show you not only how to deactivate the firewall in Windows 10, but also how to use this software despite the firewall being switched on.

Turn Windows 10 firewall on and off

Windows gives you the option of completely deactivating the firewall. This is particularly useful if you only want to switch off the firewall once or for a short period of time. Follow our step-by-step instructions or take a look at the brief instructions .

Note : For security reasons, Microsoft recommends that you have the firewall activated permanently..

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To open the settings for the firewall supplied with Windows , go to the Windows 10 start menu at the bottom left of the screen. Enter the term " Windows Defender Firewall " in the search and select the appropriate entry

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In the new window select the entry " Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off ".

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Here you can see the standard settings for your Windows firewall. If you now want to loosen your network security for Windows 10 a little, it is sufficient to select the two options " Disable Windows Defender Firewall ". Now confirm with the " OK " button and close all dialogs. Your Windows firewall is now deactivated.

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To switch the firewall on again , you have to make these settings.

Add exceptions

Microsoft allows you to add exceptions to your security settings in Windows 10. An exception is a setting that enables certain programs to communicate with the outside world despite the firewall being switched on. Follow our step-by-step instructions or take a look at the brief instructions .

Note: It can happen that the firewall settings are reset after a Windows update..

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To do this, first open the " Windows Defender Firewall " application via the search bar at the bottom left .

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Select the entry " Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall ".

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A new window should open. Here is a list of programs. All programs on this list have Windows permission to override the firewall. Click Change Settings to allow the options to be changed.

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To add a new program to this list, select the " Allow another app ... " button .

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If your program is on this list, select it and confirm with " Add ". If the program is not in the list, you must first find it on your computer via " Search ". Then you can also confirm.

Quick guide: turn the firewall on or off

  1. Enter " Windows Defender Firewall " in the search and select it.
  2. In the overview, select the entry " Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off " in the menu on the left edge of the window .
  3. If you want to deactivate the firewall, select the other two settings accordingly.
  4. To switch on the firewall, select " Activate Windows Defender Firewall " for both options .
  5. If you want to deactivate the firewall, select the other two settings accordingly.
  6. Confirm with a click on " OK " and close all dialogs again.

Quick Start Guide: Adding an Exception

  1. Enter " Windows Defender Firewall " in the search and select it.
  2. In the new window, select the item " Allow a program or feature through the Windows firewall ".
  3. Click on " Change settings " and then on " Allow other app ... "
  4. If the desired program is already in the list, it is sufficient to tick the rule.
  5. If this is not the case, or the sharing still does not work, you must select the program with the " Browse ... " option.
  6. Confirm with " OK ". All opened windows can now be closed.

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