A self-respecting owner of a personal computer should be able to work not only with the necessary programs for work, play virtual games or search for information via the Internet, but also be aware of the security of the device. At a minimum, you need to understand how to enable and disable security features. For the security on a particular computer, the firewall is responsible, the settings of which should be understood.
What is a firewall?
This is the name of special software, the main property of which is the security of a personal computer. This is an important task, because there is always a risk of bringing some kind of virus to the device or undergoing a hacker attack. For Windows 7 and 8 operating systems, such a program is built-in; you don’t have to buy it additionally.
What is needed and how does it work
This program is part of the Windows Security Center. A feature of the firewall is that it checks all incoming network traffic, and if a program is detected that carries a danger that may be harmful, it will be blocked. Controls the launch of connected programs, and the choice is made by the user. With all the advantages of this software, there are situations when it needs to be deactivated in order to avoid malfunctioning of the PC, so it is important to understand how to disable the firewall.
Disabling the firewall in Windows 7
One of the most common reasons for turning off the system firewall (firewall) is the need for a fast, non-stop process of installed programs and applications, which is difficult due to the increased security mode. To disable the firewall in Windows 7, you can use two ways: disconnect through the command line or use the control panel. The method that allows you to deactivate the program is chosen by the user himself: he monitors the step-by-step execution of the instructions.
Through the command line
You can open the command line on the computer by selecting the search line from the Start menu and typing the phrase "command line" or cmd. In the menu that appears, click on the inscription "key line", after which a window with a black screen opens. You can open it in a slightly different way - simply by simultaneously pressing the "Start" + "R" key. In the appeared input field, type cmd, the same black window appears. So, in it we enter "netsh firewall ipv4 set opmide mode = disable" (this combination will disable the firewall functions), press Enter to send the command.
Using the command line, you can turn off the firewall using the msconfig and services.msc commands. The principle of operation is similar: simultaneous pressing of the "Start" + "R" keys, entering "msconfig", selecting the "System Configuration" section. Then we open the "Services" console, where opposite the phrase "Windows Firewall" we remove the daw and close the "Apply" button. To use services.msc on the command line, type the name of the command, then look for the same line in the Services window, right-click on it. In the context menu, select "Stop".
On the control panel
For this method we find the "Control Panel" button. After pressing it, you need to select the "System and Security" item with the cursor, inside which click "Windows Firewall", then "Turn on and off." You can change the viewing properties by selecting "Large Icons" at the top right, then the desired item will appear immediately. When you click the last button, a window will open in which you must click all the buttons related to the shutdown. We fix the selection with the "OK" button and we see a notification at the bottom of the screen from the "Support Center" about the operation performed.
Deactivating Firewall in Windows 8
This version of the operating system provides for temporary (partial) and permanent (with full unloading) shutdown of the system firewall. The shutdown system in the operating system under consideration differs from deactivation from the previous OS version in that in the latest version it will be possible to select the desired function only by logging on to the “Control Panel”. Already in it should find a section related to software.
First of all, through the search bar from the "Start" menu or by pressing the keyboard shortcut "Start" + "I" you need to select "Control Panel". While there, we do almost the same thing as when working in the described operating systems: in the "System and Security" section we find "Windows 8 Firewall", then click on the "Enable and Disable" command. In the window that opens, check all the items (there should be 2) related to disabling the software.
An option may be required if a reliable anti-virus protection program is installed on the computer. The firewall will be superfluous, slowing down the PC. Then the user selects a permanent shutdown, which begins by simultaneously pressing the "Start" and "R" buttons. In the new window, type services.msc, in the next we find the inscription "Windows Firewall" located on the right, select it. Another window appears in front of us, where we should click on the "General" tab, in the startup type we make a replacement and select "Disabled", then click "Disable". Confirm the selection by clicking "OK."
How to disable a firewall in Windows 10
The scheme that helps disable the Windows 10 firewall is no different from the methods described earlier. A simple way would be to deactivate using the "Control Panel". The command line method is also applicable, but it is more complicated to execute and requires certain working skills. Therefore, a more effective method is to turn it off through the "Control Panel", which does not require reinstalling the computer in order to complete the installation of changes.