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#1 Chachazz

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 07:05 AM

Windows Firewall Control is a nifty little application which extends the functionality of the Windows Firewall and provides quick access to the most frequent options of the Windows Firewall. It runs in the system tray and allows user to control the native firewall easily without having to waste time by navigating to the specific part of the firewall.

  • 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2012

Benefits of becoming a registered user (minimal donation)
√ You will get priority support via email.
√ You will unlock all the features from all of our programs, so that you can use them at their full potential.
√ You will receive unrestricted access to "Get my activation code" area.
√ You can activate our products on all PC's from your home, for unlimited times.
√ You will be registered user for all future versions of our programs.
√ You will never receive emails regarding eventual upgrades, patches releases, special offers and so on.
√ You will support us to continue the improvement of our programs.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:14 PM

Windows Firewall Control 4.0.4.0
 27.11.2013

  • New: It is now posible to export only partial policy files that include only therules selected by the user. Select some rules in Manage Rules window and use thecontext menu on the selection. You will see a new entry named "Export selected rules".
  • When you will import this file, as usual, only the exported rules will be importedwhile the existing rules will remain unchanged.
  •  Fixed: The new user settings are not saved until program restart if the user usesthe "-reset" parameter to clean any stored user settings.
  •  Fixed: When the user checks if a new update is available, the GUI is becomesunresponsive. A new busy indicator was added to show that something is going on.
  • Fixed: When restoring the default set of rules or importing the rules from a file,the profile is not updated correctly in the Profiles tab.
  • Fixed: The rules list does not refresh correctly if Manage Rules window is openedand the user: restores the recommended rules, duplicates multiple rules at a time,creates new rules for multiple files at a time by browsing them.
  • Fixed: When loading the rules, sometimes, the reloading of the rules fails becausemultiple rules have the same internal hash. Switched to Guid instead of Hash.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:54 PM

Windows Firewall Control 4.0.4.6

(14.12.2013)

Fixed: 
The full program path is not displayed in the notification dialog when the
user hovers the moue over the icon of the program that was blocked.
Fixed: When creating a new rule from Shell Integration the result dialog indicates
that a rule can't be created even if it is created.
Fixed: When creating a rule From Shell Extension, if the Manage Rules window is
open, the rules list does not refresh automatically.


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:57 PM

Windows Firewall Control 4.0.4.6

  • Fixed: The full program path is not displayed in the notification dialog when the

user hovers the moue over the icon of the program that was blocked.

  • Fixed: When creating a new rule from Shell Integration the result dialog indicates

that a rule can't be created even if it is created.

  • Fixed: When creating a rule From Shell Extension, if the Manage Rules window is

open, the rules list does not refresh automatically.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 12:08 AM

Windows Firewall Control 4.0.8.0 

(21.02.2014)

 

- New: The program icons were changed with more appropriate new icons.

- New: When the program is in locked state, a different icon will be displayed in 

the system tray to inform the user about the active locked state.

- New: The installer can detect if a 3rd party firewall is installed and will

inform the user about this at installation time.

- New: A new submenu was added in the context menu of Manage Rules window which 

can be used to import/export/restore firewall rules. These are the same actions 

possible from the Rules tab in Main Panel.

- New: From the notification dialog, the user can now click on the Source address 

to display additional info about the local port that is used. The default browser

will open and will display the corresponding page from the Port Authority Database

from grc.com.

- Improved: The text with "Customize this rule..." from the notification dialog

will change now when the rule is in editing mode.

- Fixed: Rules Panel context menu item from the system tray icon remains disabled 

after the user unlocks the program.

 

version 4.0.7.2 (15.02.2014)

- Fixed: The Location checkboxes and Direction radio buttons are set only for the

first notification from the notification dialog. Any other notifications from the

queque don't have these properties set.

- Improved: When exporting a full or a partial policy, the default path is always

the root folder. Now, the last path used is saved and reused on opening the file

browser dialog.

- Improved: Added better exception handling.

 

version 4.0.7.0 (05.02.2014)

- New: From the notification dialog the user can now set the Location and the 

Direction of the new rule that will be created.

- New: "Customize and allow..." and "Customize and block..." operations are now 

available also in the New Rules Wizard view.

- Fixed: When the Low notification level is used, the rules that are automatically

created for digitally signed programs have by default set the Local Addresses property.

This property should be empty.

- Fixed: The dialog for "Customize and allow..." and "Customize and block..." does

not open in the Connections Log view.

- Fixed: The InterfaceTypes property of a rule is not saved in the partial policy

files and this info is missing after an import of a partial policy file.

 

version 4.0.6.2 (15.01.2014)

- New: Added the possibility to set the "Interface types" for a rule, which

specifies for which network interfaces the rule applies. The new field is

available in the Manage Rules columns. If the column does not appear, it is probably 

hidden. Just set the visibility for it from the header context menu.

- Fixed: Loopback notifications for svchost.exe and System are displayed when High 

notification level is used but there is no network connection.

- Fixed: When all Columns are displayed in the Manage Rules window, the order and

size for the last column is not restored when the user opens again this view.

- Improved: The Manage Rules window is launched also when the user clicks on the 

Rules Panel menu item instead of only from the Manage Rules menu item.

 

 version 4.0.6.0 (20.12.2013)

- New: Added the possibility to view "Recently Allowed Connections". The old 

"Recently Blocked" was changed to include the new view and a new ComboBox was added

to select what to display.

- New: The "Manage Rules" menu item from the system tray context menu was renamed to 

"Rules Panel" which has now 3 submenus: Manage Rules, Connections Log, New Rules Wizard.

- New: Added support to "Customize and block..." in Connections Log.



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 06:41 AM

Windows Firewall Control 4.0.9.6 
(30.05.2014)

- Fixed: A new approach is used to determine if an unauthorized rule is added in order 
to fix the problem with AppGuard and Steam.
- Fixed: IPv6 addresses and ranges are not handled correctly in the service, making
them to appear as invalid in Properties view of a rule. It is also impossible to export
these kind of rules.
- Fixed: The scroll position does not scroll to top when the user filters the rules 
displayed in Manage Rules data grid from the Display and Filter combo boxes or when
the Connections Log is updated to a different search.
- Fixed: The active state of the notification sound is not preserved in case of an 
update to a newer version.
- Fixed: After creating a new rule from 'Connections Log' or 'New Rules Wizard' the
view is automatically switched to Manage Rules.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:18 PM

Windows Firewall Control 4.1.0.0

(24.06.2014)

- New: "Merge rules" option was added in the context menu of Manage Rules window.
This option is enabled if multiple rules for the same program, direction and action
are selected.
- New: Multiple selection was added in Connections Log. If multiple connections for
the same program are selected the user can customize a merged rule before creating
a new rule.
- Fixed: Temporary rules created through the notification dialog are deleted if
"Disable the ability of other programs to add firewall rules" is enabled.
- Fixed: The Main Panel window freezes while checking for a new version is in progress.
- Fixed: The scroll bar position doesn't go to top in Manage Rules when the Display
or Filter combo boxes are used to filter the rules and a column is sorted.
- Fixed: Temporary rules are not deleted on WFC restart.
- Improved: Ctrl+F will set focus to the Search box in Manage Rules window.
- Improved: The search function from Manage Rules works now also for Group name.
- Improved: The Rules Panel was redesigned from scratch to improve memory usage and
allow further extensions. Obsolete code was removed and a lot of code was improved.



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:44 AM

Windows Firewall Control 4.1.6.0

Changelog - http://www.binisoft.org/changelog.txt

Download - http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 02:02 AM

Windows Firewall Control v.4.2.0.0

What's new:
- New: The profile displayed in WFC is updated now even if the user changes the settings from outside of WFC (e.g.: Control Panel applet, netsh or WFwAS mmc).
- New: The restore profile set in the Profiles tab is reverted now even if the state of Windows Firewall is modified from outside of WFC.
- New: Added a new confirmation dialog when the user switches from Main Panel to No Filtering profile.
- New: The tray icon will display a balloon tip if the profile is High Filtering at program start-up to inform the user that the network connections are disabled until profile is manually switched.
- Updated: Secure Boot was changed to only set High Filtering on system shutdown when it is enabled. From now on, the user has to switch manually the profile at system start-up if this option is enabled in order to enable network connections. The old implementation had very unpredictable results and did not work always correctly.
- Updated: The logging was updated to provide more detailed messages.
- Updated: Event Viewer launched from the Tools tab will open by default the WFC subcategory.
- Removed: The confirmation dialog that is displayed when a new rule is created was removed. From this version, the confirmation dialog is displayed only when a new rule is created from shell context menu.
- Fixed: High Filtering profile can not be switched off in certain circumstances and "Core Networking - Block all inbound/outbound connections" rules can not be removed.
- Fixed: Temporary Rules are not deleted at WFC restart if Secure Boot is enabled and the computer is restarted.
- Fixed: Last used path is not remembered when exporting a partial policy file.
- Fixed: The toolbox horizontal size is not saved when Rules Panel window is closed.
- Fixed: Multiple rules can be merged even if the selected rules are defined for different protocols. This is not allowed anymore.
- Fixed: Properties dialog of a rule does not appear in the taskbar and if the dialog is minimized, the user can't close Rules Manager from taskbar context menu.
- Fixed: When viewing inbound connections in Connections Log, if the user wants to quickly create a new rule without customizing it, the rule is created for outbound direction instead of inbound.
- Fixed: Uninstall dialog appears in taskbar but the dialog is not focused and the user has to activate the window manually in order to see it.

 

Translation strings:

- Removed

019 = New rules were successfully created to allow connections for
020 = New rules were successfully created to block connections for

- New
042 = Are you sure you want to disable Windows Firewall protection?
043 = Do not show again
321 = High Filtering profile is enabled. All network connections are blocked until the profile is switched manually.

- Updated
320 = Automatically set High Filtering profile on system shut down.

Installation notes: Just use the new installer to update to this new version.

Other info:
Regarding Secure Boot, it seems that depending on the speed of the machine where WFC is installed it may or may not finish the shut down steps that are done by WFC. Unfortunately, the shut down event is not the proper one to execute the required logic because there is not enough time and I can't delay the system shut down process. I tried several variants and always a lot of unpredictable events appeared. So, for now, Secure Boot just sets High Filtering profile at shut down if it is enabled. The users that have problems with start-up programs that create new rules at boot time, must first check the rules list and then switch manually to another filtering profile. Or avoid such programs. This is the best working solution for the moment.

Download location: http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php
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Posted 28 November 2014 - 09:42 PM

Windows Firewall Control 4.2.0.1

(20.11.2014)

  •  New: In Connections Log a new filter is available in the toolbox. It is now possible
  •  Fixed: Rules created from the notification dialog don't have the Group name set.
  •  Fixed: Time generated column from Connections Log doesn't display the date and time in the format defined on the local machine.
  •  Fixed: High Filtering profile is not set on system restart event when Secure Boot is enabled. It works only on system shutdown event.

http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php



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Posted 19 December 2014 - 09:27 PM

Windows Firewall Control 4.2.1.0
18.12.2014
  • New: Added a shortcut to Windows Firewall Control Panel applet in the Tools tab.
  • Improved: The notification dialog was updated to contain more useful data. The
  • Protocol selection is now a combo box which contains all supported protocols. The same applies for Direction selection.
  • Improved: The notification dialog will display an (x86) indicator at the end of the file name for executable files executed from Program Files (x86) folder.
  • Improved: Radio buttons for Direction and Action in Properties dialog were replaced with combo boxes.
  • Fixed: Changing the action between Block/Allow in Properties dialog of a rule does not update the rule. After a refresh of the rules, the Action is the same.
  • Fixed: MainPanel window does not stay on top of other windows when the activation dialog is displayed.
  • Fixed: Program exits if the user starts Manage Rules, stops Windows Firewall service
  • and then presses on the refresh button to query Windows Firewall rules.
  • Update: The Main Panel was rewritten to load the tab items on demand, not all at once. Code refactoring.
http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 01:45 AM

Windows Firewall Control 4.3.0.0
January 15, 2015
  • New: Auto-update feature was added. If it is enabled, it will check only once, after 20 seconds from the program startup.
  • New: Added proxy configuration support when checking for updates.
  • Updated: The Shell Integration text displayed in the right context menu of
    executable files is now localized based on the corresponding strings from the
    translation file.
  • Fixed: Merge Rules feature doesn't work correctly when duplicate entries are part of the input arguments.
  • Fixed: The profile is not updated in Profiles tab if the user changes the profile from WFwAS while a different tab is active in WFC.
  • Fixed: NullReferenceException appears if the user opens the Properties dialog, confirms the changes and then he tries to merge some rules.
  • Fixed: "The root Visual of a VisualTarget cannot have a parent" exception appears when .NET Framework 4.5.2 is installed and the user wants to open the Main Panel.
http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:57 PM

Windows Firewall Control 4.3.0.1
16.01.2015
  • Fixed: Duplicate context menu items when Shell Integration is enabled when no translation file is used and then a translation file is installed.
  • Fixed: Auto check for updates checkbox does not remember the last value when reopening Main Panel window.
  • Fixed: Proxy configuration dialog can't be closed if only the address is completed but no username and password.
  • Updated: Added a textbox hint for address in proxy configuration dialog.
http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 12:48 AM

Windows Firewall Control 4.4.0.0

(04.02.2015)

 Important: Starting with this version, WFC is targeted to use .NET Framework 4.5.
It improves memory management and works faster with the newest .NET Framework 4.5.2
release. The previous WFC releases were compiled to use .NET 4.0 which is outdated.

  •  Fixed: Duplicate notifications are displayed for the same program if there are defined custom rules and PeerBlock or MBAM are used to block certain IP addresses.
  •  Fixed: Sometimes, the Activate button remains disabled when the user paste the activation code from clipboard. This usually happens when the activation code contains an extra empty space at the end, added when it is copied from the web browser.
  •  Fixed: Service combo box selection is not correctly set in Properties dialog for some services.
  •  Updated: Added watermark text in textboxes from the notification dialog that may be empty when customizing a rule.
  •  Updated: Added 'Open file location' in Manage Rules toolbox and context menu.
  •  Updated: Added support for language localization for the following columns in
  • Rules Panel: Location, Active, Action, Direction, Protocol, Interface types.
  • -Updated: Code refactoring.

http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 09:11 AM

Windows Firewall Control 4.4.1.1

http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php