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Windows 7 Firewall rules not working anymore

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit with its firewall.

The firewall's advanced rules all of a sudden don't work anymore. The firewall works, because if I disable it and do a port test the ports are closed and not stealth.

If I tell the firewall to block all incoming connections it does, and Windows says the firewall is working.

But all rules, old and new, regarding a particular application, don't work anymore. If I tell the firewall to block incoming connections on a particular executable with tcp ports, for instance, it doesn't anymore. Until yesterday it did.

Is there some service closely related to the firewall, maybe something a software has disabled?
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Daniele Brunengo
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senadCommented:
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senadCommented:
I forgot to ask .
Do you have another antivirus (security suite of some sort) on your PC ?
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Oh yes, I've already tried that, but nothing changed.
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
After reverting to defaults, the firewall asks if it should allow connections or not for applications, but then it allows the connection no matter what.
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Yes I have Gdata Antivirus, but it has no firewall. It's just an antivirus software, and it was there when the firewall was working fine.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Try this.... it might save you a lot of time. Create a new profile and test if the firewall rules are working.... if they are, just copy your data over from your old profile...
Bits...
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senadCommented:
Windows firewall is a strange thing indeed...
It is very basic in it's functions and it offers no real protection against
hackers.Believe me....
If you want the best protection i. e best firewall then buy all means
get Comodo.It is free for home use.

http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html

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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Is the problem you are having with Adobe Acrobat Pro?
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senadCommented:
Since GData manages :
# AntiSpyware
# AntiPhising
# AntiRookit

it is probably disabling your firewall settings.
So check GData (settings) ....
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
No, the problem is with all software. No firewall rule works.

I don't want to change firewall, I would like this one to work as it did until yesterday.

I have tried totally disabling Gdata but the problem is still there.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Ok ... try login in as administrator an test... if the rules work... then you probably will need to create a new profile... this would be the fastest way ...
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Now I have also tried with another, new, user account but the problem is still there...
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
The new account was admin, by the way.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
The next step I would reccomend is that you went to a point in time before this started using Windows System Restore.... If you have any doubts on how to use it... Please let me know.
Bits.
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
I've tried but I have no system restore points from yesterday, only from today, and the first one still doesn't make the problem go away.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Have you checked for rootkits? This one is free and it is very good:
http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro
 
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Am trying it now, will report back.
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Nope, no rootkits. Neither hitman nor my g-data reveal any.
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senadCommented:
Could you try temporarily uninstalling GData just to see how it goes ?
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Ok, I will try it tomorrow and report back.
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Uninstalling GData didn't change anything, I guess I'll have to go for a repair install.
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senadCommented:
Yes,try the repair....
If that fails then a complete reinstall is perhaps wise.
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
The repair install got it fixed, and was quite smooth. Still don't know what caused it, but you can't win them all I guess.

Thanks guys I'll split points between you two for your dedication.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Hello Maioneis ... I'm so glad to hear you fixed it.... Can you post, just for people to be able to know what to do... a very simple and basic procedure of how you did the repair install.... (Choose this one as the accepted answer with 0 points - Unfortunately you can't assign yourself points).... and then select the others as "Assisted"..... Thank you for the feedback..
Bits.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
I didn't post in time... I am attaching a pdf with the instructions for the "Windows 7 Repair Install" in case any future asker needs guidance on how to do it. This is the link I got it from:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
 

Repair-Install---Windows-7-Forum.pdf
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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Yes, that's exactly the procedure I followed. Thanks.
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