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Windows Firewall check

Published: December 16, 2009

Applies To: Forefront Client Security

The Windows Firewall check identifies whether the Windows Firewall is enabled (on the scanned computer) for all active network connections. The check also identifies port exceptions, service exceptions, and application exceptions..

Windows Firewall is software that runs on your computer and provides protection against network attacks from the Internet or other computers on the network

Windows Firewall is included in Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Vista. Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) is included in Windows XP prior to SP2 and Windows Server 2003 prior to SP1. This check pertains to Windows Firewall and not to ICF.

Resolutions for potentially unacceptable scores

It is recommended that you enable Windows Firewall for each network connection on a computer. You can change firewall settings through: Control Panel WindowsFirewall or by using Group Policy. For more information about Windows Firewall, see How to turn of or turn off the firewall in Windows XP ( and Managing Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features Using Group Policy: Windows Firewall (

Scoring and results

The following tables show how Client Security determines the score resulting from performing this check on a client computer.

Overall score for computers with Windows Firewall disabled

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