Note (because it's not that obvious)
A new beta version (v184.108.40.206, for the upcoming v1.9.2) is available on the Downloads page. Please feel free to test it. I don't want to publish it as a recommended download, meaning that it does not appear on this page, hence this note...
Windows Firewall Notifier (WFN) extends the default Windows embedded firewall behavior, allowing to visualize and handle incoming or outgoing connections.
I finally decided to give the code to the community (as many people asked me too, and since I do not have that much free time to keep working on it).
Please note that WFN started as a personal project, not meant to be fully distributed, but ended up with more than 65 000 copies being downloaded all around the world along 2012 / 2013 (I guess I should have sold that one :-P). Therefore the code is not
commented as it should be (as of v1.8.0) and some parts of the application should probably be improved / rewritten from scratch.
WFN requires Windows Vista or later (Windows 7, Windows 8).
Please do not ask for a Windows XP version, since WFN relies on features introduced with Vista, it would require too much work. Well, now that it is open source, maybe someone will port it but keep in mind there are great alternative out there.
Download it, unzip it, launch it using Console.exe and you'll see ;-)
This application only uses existing Windows features, enabling some of them when first launched:
- Enables the Windows embedded firewall
- Sets the firewall to block both inbound and outbound connections for which no rule exists
- Enables the default Windows firewall inbound connection notification
- Enables the Windows firewall outbound connections logging (disabled by default)
- Creates a scheduled task linked to the Windows firewall event log entries, allowing Windows Firewall Notifier to be launched when needed only
If you enjoy using WFN, please consider
buying me a beer through PayPal
Well, while I can't guarantee I will use it for a beer, be ensured it will always please me and motivate me anyway ;-)
To everyone who already donated, and to those who sent me nice messages: thank you very much for your generosity and kindness! WFN lives because of you!