Windows Defender Firewall - unresponsive


  1. Posts : 33
    Windows 10
       #1

    Windows Defender Firewall - unresponsive




    All of the following are unresponsive to clicks (I click and nothing happens):
    • Use recommended settings
    • What are the recommended settings?
    • Turn Windows Defender on or off
    • Restore defaults
    • Advanced settings


    Any ideas?
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  2. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
       #2

    Are you using another antivirus with a fire wall? If not, make sure Windows Defender is started in "services". Right click on all of these, choose properties, in the drop down box, select automatic ...select apply and click start to turn the service on. Windows Defender Firewall - unresponsive-defender.jpg
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  3. Posts : 27,170
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #3

    If Control panel is unresponsive, try Command prompt to reset firewall to default (Option 2 in Brin's Tutorial)

    Restore Default Windows Defender Firewall Settings in Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 33
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    AndreTen said:
    If Control panel is unresponsive, try Command prompt to reset firewall to default (Option 2 in Brin's Tutorial)

    Restore Default Windows Defender Firewall Settings in Windows 10
    Thanks, good to know.

    I ended up using Tweaking.com - Windows Repair Free/Pro Windows Repair tool. Firewall is back up and running. I think the problem was caused by a software install.
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  5. Posts : 27,170
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #5

    Glad you solved it. Tweaking is a great tool. Just have to be careful with it.

    Which software was the culprit, if I can ask?
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  6. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #6

    sten3 said:
    I think the problem was caused by a software install.
    I would run a few malware scans to make sure the system is not infected.

    Tools for that purpose -

    Malwarebytes
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Hitman Pro
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