Guide to Turning off Firewall on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, and Vista

Firewall is a network security system which protects the PC from the distrusted external network. Below are the steps to learn to turn off the firewall in PC. A user should remember that by doing so, they put the PC at maximum exposure to risk.

Method 1. Windows 7 to 10

  1. Launch the Start menu. Press the Windows logo at the below-left corner on the screen. Users can also click the Window key on their PC for the same.
  2. Type firewall into Start. When Start is launched by the cursor in the search bar by default, It will search the whole computer for the firewall software.
  3. Press the Windows Firewall. It looks like a brick wall with a globe behind it; the user can look for this option at the top of the Start menu’s search window.
  4. Press Turn Windows Firewall on or off. The user can find this URL on the left side of the page.
  5. Search the “Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)” option. The user can do for both the “Private” and the “Public” network setting categories.
  6. First, a user has to approve that he or she wishes to perform this action by clicking OK or Yes on a pop-up window.
  7. Click OK. The user can find it below the page, and by clicking on it, it will disable the PC firewall.

Method 2. Windows Vista

  1. Launch the Start menu. Just either press the Window logo at the below-left corner of the screen or hit the Window key.
  2. Press Control panel. The user will look an option at the right side of the Start window, though a user might require to first press All Programs.
  3. Press Security. This option looks like a multi coloured shield; the user can find it on the left side of the window.
  4. Press the Windows Firewall. The user can find it at the top-left corner of the page.
  5. Press the “Turn Windows Firewall on or off” link. The user can find this option at the top left corner of the page.
  6. Press the “Off (not recommended)” box. The user can find it below the page.

Press OK. A user’s Windows Vista computer’s firewall will get disabled.

Harry Williams is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cyber security. He writes about the latest updates regarding mcafee.com/activate and how it can improve the work experience of users. His articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs and websites.

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