How to Disable Windows Firewall in Windows 7 By Kumar Gandharva Jha

The article explains the procedure for disabling Windows firewall. The instructions provided here are simple and correct to date. However, you must follow them carefully to avoid running in to common Windows firewall problems.

Windows firewall helps keep your PC protected from unauthorized access and save your critical data and files stored inside. However, at times you may want to disable Windows firewall to access certain websites that it has blocked, or you have another security program installed on your PC that it is interfering with. Reason could be anything, if you want to disable Windows firewall, you must follow the steps given in the below mentioned free Windows support guide.

How to Guide

First Method:

1. Click on the Start menu

2. Right click on My Computer and click on Manage

3. Locate Services and Applications and click on the + sign to expand it

4. Click on Services and scroll down to find Windows Firewall⁄Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

5. Right click on Windows Firewall⁄Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) and select Properties

6. Under the General tab (it is the first tab and will be highlighted by default), change Startup types to Disabled

7. Click on the [Stop] button. Thereafter, click on the [Apply] button and then [OK] close the window

Second Method:

1. Click on the Start menu

2. Go to Control Panel and double click on the Windows Firewall icon. Alternatively, you can right click on Windows Firewall and select Properties.

3. Under the General tab, click on Off (not recommended), and then click on [OK] to close the window

Third Method:

1. Click on the Start menu

2. Go to Control Panel, double click on Network and Internet Connections. If you are in the Classic View you will see Network Connections.

3. Right click on your network connection and select Properties from the options. You might see Local Area Connection if you are using a high speed DSL or cable connection.

4. Click on the Advanced tab in the Properties window

5. Under Windows Firewall, click on Settings

6. Click on Off (not recommended) and click on [OK] to exit this window

7. Click on [OK] again to close the Properties window

8. Exit the Network Connection window

Additional Information

You must have administrative privileges to make changes to Windows firewall settings.

Disabling Windows firewall is not recommended from the security point of view as it is risky. It helps keep unauthorized programs and users such as hackers and malicious software developers away from accessing your PC and internet connection.

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