How do I disable the Windows OneCare firewall?
I'm having problems with the firewall in Microsoft's Windows OneCare product blocking my downloads from certain sites, and it's driving me crazy! How the heck do I disable the firewall so I can download what I want, then re-enable it when I'm done?
Since I don't run OneCare on my own Windows computers, I turned to my colleague Walter Glenn, author of a bunch of books on MCSE and related Microsoft topics, and asked him about your problem. Here's what he shared:
It really shouldn't get in the way of downloading. It never has for me. Unless you're using a downloader program and the firewall is refusing it access to the Internet.
You can disable the firewall like this:
Be sure to turn it back on when you are done.
If you are using a downloading program, it would be better to add it to the list of allowed programs rather than just turn off the firewall. To do that, on the Firewall tab:
I've used OneCare for several months now and recently bought a paid subscription. $50 for 3 computers for a year for virus and spam is hard to beat, especially when they throw in a two-way firewall and the auto tune-up features. So far, it's been a nicely unobtrusive program - much better than Norton and McAfee.
Thanks, Walter! You can learn more about his books and work with Microsoft at his rather austere Web site too: WalterGlenn.com.
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