Windows 10: Firewall rules resetting

  1.    02 Oct 2016 #1

    Firewall rules resetting


    For some reason I'm not able to keep my firewall settings saved. Specifically, apps that I allow through the firewall whether through prompt or control panel reset back to "not allowed.' I think this is happening after each update. It's extremely frustrating as I primarily use RDP to access the machine, and about 50% of the time I find it blocked by the firewall.

    I've seen some threads suggesting the problem is antivirus/malware software, but I don't have any running on this machine. I don't use this machine for much, so there are very few apps installed and nothing very out of the ordinary. I'd appreciate any help!
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    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 14393.198
       03 Oct 2016 #2

    [QUOTE=beatnikbrew;830470]For some reason I'm not able to keep my firewall settings saved. Specifically, apps that I allow through the firewall whether through prompt or control panel reset back to "not allowed.' I think this is happening after each update. It's extremely frustrating as I primarily use RDP to access the machine, and about 50% of the time I find it blocked by the firewall.

    I've seen some threads suggesting the problem is antivirus/malware software, but I don't have any running on this machine. I don't use this machine for much, so there are very few apps installed and nothing very out of the ordinary. I'd appreciate any help![/QUOTE]

    Do you have any antivirus installed at all, only if not that could be another reason why, because what you send it might think has a virus embedded and it stops you from infesting other peoples computers/ laptops
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  3.    03 Oct 2016 #3

    hTconeM9user said: View Post

    Do you have any antivirus installed at all, only if not that could be another reason why, because what you send it might think has a virus embedded and it stops you from infesting other peoples computers/ laptops
    Nope, no antivirus. I'm not sure what you mean about sending. My problem is that the firewall prevents applications (remote desktop in particular) from accessing the machine.
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  4.    03 Oct 2016 #4

    Did you see this? Seems common problem and the "solution" is to backup/restore firewall rules after upgrades.

    Windows Firewall rules reset to default after updating from 1511 to 1607
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  5.    03 Oct 2016 #5

    lx07 said: View Post
    Did you see this? Seems common problem and the "solution" is to backup/restore firewall rules after upgrades.

    Windows Firewall rules reset to default after updating from 1511 to 1607
    Ugh. I was afraid of hearing something like that. But it seems like that can't be right. How could anyone run win10 in an enterprise environment if they had to reconfigure the firewall every couple of days? Is everyone else just changing the settings with an automatic script?
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  6.    03 Oct 2016 #6

    It isn't every couple of days though - it is when you do an upgrade - from the 1511 version to 1607 for example. These version upgrades reset all sorts of stuff to defaults but are every 6 months or so and there isn't another this year.

    Are you getting it more often? If you are then it must be a different issue.

    I suppose, worst case, you could schedule a task to run netsh advfirewall import... every logon as a workaround. The command is described in the eightforums tutorial linked from that TechNet article.
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  7.    03 Oct 2016 #7

    lx07 said: View Post
    It isn't every couple of days though - it is when you do an upgrade - from the 1511 version to 1607 for example. These version upgrades reset all sorts of stuff to defaults but are every 6 months or so and there isn't another this year.

    Are you getting it more often? If you are then it must be a different issue.

    I suppose, worst case, you could schedule a task to run netsh advfirewall import... every logon as a workaround. The command is described in the eightforums tutorial linked from that TechNet article.
    Thanks, I will try that. Sounds like perhaps my problem isn't related to upgrade at all. I wonder if it's resetting on reboot. Might try some more investigations. Thanks for your help.
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  8.    03 Oct 2016 #8

    Best of luck with it - if you can find what is resetting it it would help.

    There is quite a lot of malware that disables the firewall but malware resetting it to default seems odd. Nonetheless running a scan with Malwarebytes or something may be worth a shot.
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