Having a firewall installed and configured on your system and network is absolutely critical to providing a
Does your computer’s firewall freeze frequently?
first defense against unwanted Internet traffic and unauthorized access to your system. The main role of your firewall is to provide constant monitoring of your Internet connection and ensure only wanted outbound and inbound Internet traffic occurs. Essentially, you will configure your firewall to allow and block specific application Internet communication and inbound Internet traffic. However, there are many users that will experience their firewall freeze frequently. This is less than ideal any downtime with your firewall will leave your system and network vulnerable to potentially harmful or unwanted traffic.
Below are a few of the most common troubleshooting tips if you experience problems with your firewall freezing or freezing your operating system:
- Windows Firewall Is Interfering with Third Party Firewalls
- Malware is Causing Firewall Freeze Problems
- Resetting Windows Firewall Settings
Windows Firewall Is Interfering with Third Party Firewalls
One common cause of firewalls freezing or simply turning off is due to the software interfering with other firewall or antivirus software. For example, if you are using the Windows Firewall, third party firewall software installed on your system may be causing issues. The best way to remove this problem is simply to remove the unused third party software and see if the issues persist. However, if you are currently using third party firewall orÂ antivirus software, you may want to disable the Windows Firewall to see if that is causing problems with the software.
Malware is Causing Firewall Freeze Problems
Another common causes of firewall freeze problems are malware and other security threats that may be interfering with your firewall software or operating system. If this is the case, the only way to remedy the problem is to utilize a comprehensive antivirus and anti-malware program in order to remove any potentialmalware threatsÂ and see if the problems persist. However, if you are using Windows Firewall, it may be easier to reset the Windows Firewall settings before having to utilize virus scan software.
Resetting Windows Firewall Settings
There may be some situations when it’s necessary to reset the configuration settings of theÂ Windows Firewall. For example, after you remove security threats. When doing this you will reset the firewall to its factory default settings including removing the settings for all ports, exceptions, and programs. To do this, type firewall.cpl in Start then click enter. In the open dialog, select the Advanced tab, followed by the “Restore Defaults” button. You will then be prompted to complete the process, click “Yes”.
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