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Windows Firewall Control is an extension of the features of Windows built-in firewall. Thus, it has the main purpose of facilitating the management of rules without the need of going back and forth through various system screens, which is kind of tricky most of the times. As understanding how a firewall works may be somewhat difficult for the common user, it is great that the program comes with excellent help documentation.
The application can be set to start along with Windows and become accessible from the Tray. Luckily, it does not add any considerable load on system resources because it is not an actual firewall. The tool supports three different levels of filtering: high, medium and low. Besides, you can completely disable all firewall rules. In addition, it conveniently lets you apply temporary rules, which expire after a given time period.
In my opinion, the best thing about this tool is that you can see all the current settings from a single window. This way, you can find invalid and duplicate firewall rules. Also, it is possible to merge similar ones. Not only, that it lets you view a log of recently allowed and blocked connection, which helps you set rules that match the new needs.
All in all, Windows Firewall Control provides a more integrated way to create, modify and delete Windows Firewall rules. The product is actually donation-ware. This means that some of its features are not available unless you register it through a donation. Until then, you will not be able to export and import settings or activate the notifications tab.
- All firewall rules from a single screen
- Three filtering levels
- Low resource usage
- Temporary firewall rules
- Excellent help documentation
- Log of allowed and blocked connections
- Difficult to use for common users
- Incompatible with software proxies, web filtering modules, NDIS drivers