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About WSA firewall compatible with windows firewall

  • 21 November 2012
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Hi,
 
I have a question about the WSA firewall.
It is declared that WSA firewall need windows firewall to work, it is an added protection.
However, when I set the WSA firewall with block one process called "iexplorer.exe" which is ie browser.
And then I set the windows firewall to allow the connection for "iexplorer.exe".
The result is blocking the internet for browser.  
Further more when I turned off the windows firewall, WSA pops out an dialog to warn me. 
I clicked "No" for not activate the windows firewall, and WSA firewall is still open.
In this situation, I still can't use IE to surf the internet.


 
The question is, is WSA firewall independent with windows firewall?
If no, why suggest to open windows firewall?
If yes, why I turned off the windows firewall, and WSA firewall still works?
 
I check the previous discussions as well, but it didn't mention about the "independent" or "priority"
If I turned off the windows firewall( because setting windows firewall rule is so inconvenient)
Only rely on WSA firewall, what is the risk for outbound and inbound respectively?
 
Thank you.
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Best answer by pegas 21 November 2012, 11:43

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This is normal for Windows 8 see quote from https:///t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/212, the V.P. of Development.
 
This is by design on Windows 8 as the firewall controls are somewhat limited by the OS. We'll be extending this further but the OS does a very good job at firewall by itself.
HTH,
 
TH
Windows 7 fine...windows 8 not showing
@ wrote:
This is normal for Windows 8 see quote from , the V.P. of Development.
 
This is by design on Windows 8 as the firewall controls are somewhat limited by the OS. We'll be extending this further but the OS does a very good job at firewall by itself.
HTH,
 
TH
 
 
It is almost a year later, and this critical feature is not added.  Why?  There are several programs that I use and do not want to access the internet!
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You can via Windows Firewall but be sure that WSA's Firewall will block malware calling out if infected and I have not heard anything more about expanding this at all as Windows 8.1 Firewall does a great job and Microsoft made it to be this way so why duplicate it that's all the other vendors are doing so it's like make up in a sense.
 
TH

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