How to Turn on or off Windows Defender Firewall on Windows 10

How to Turn on or off Windows Defender Firewall on Windows 10

Microsoft Defender is the inbuilt antivirus program on Windows 10. Firewall and network protection by Microsoft Defender protects your computer on Domain network, Private Network, and public network. Users need to disable or enable firewall protection when it becomes the issue for Windows update and running third party application (Firewall protection block programs from running). Let’s see how we can turn on or off Windows defender firewall on Windows 10 device.

Steps to turn on or off Windows Defender Firewall

Method 1: Using Windows Security

Step 1: Type Windows security in the search bar and click on the result to open the app.

Windows security

Step 2: Head over the firewall and network protection.

Firewall and protection

Step 3: Click on Domain Network.

Step 5: A new windows will open asking Do you want to allow this app to make changes to this device. Click on Yes.

Step 4: Toggle the switch under Microsoft Defender firewall to off position.

Windows firewall protection on Domain Network

Step 6: Do the same process for Private and public network.

To enable the features do follow the same steps but toggle the switch to on position.

Method 2: Using Control Panel

Step 1: Type control panel in the search bar and click on the result to open the control panel.

Step 2: Then click on System and Security.

system and security

Step 3:In the System and Security windows select Windows defender firewall.

Windows firewall

Step 4: At the left bar go over Turn Windows Defender on or off.

Turn Windows firewall on or off

You will see windows defender protection option for two types of network:

  • Private network
  • Public Network

Under Private network three options are available;

  1. Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed apps
  2. Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new app.
  3. Turn off windows defender firewall (not recommended).

Select the last option to turn off Windows defender firewall service.

Turn off Windows firewall protection

Similarly, turn on or off Windows Defender Firewall service for Public network.

That’s the process.

Method 3: Via command prompt

Step 1: Type cmd in the search bar and click on the result to open Command prompt, or press Windows key + X and select command prompt.

Command Prompt

Step 2: To stop the Windows Firewall service write the command and hit Enter.

netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on

Step 3: To turn off the Windows defender firewall write the code below and hit Enter.

netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off

That’s the way to turn on or off Microsoft Defender Firewall on Windows 10 device.

Method 4: Using PowerShell

Step 1: Type PowerShell in the search bar and click on the result to open PowerShell.

Windows powerShell

Step 2: Type the command given below and hit Enter to turn off Windows Defender firewall service.

Set-NetFirewallProfile -Enabled True

Step 3: Type the command given below and hit Enter to turn on Windows Defender firewall service.

Set-NetFirewallProfile -Enabled False

These are the methods to Turn on or off Microsoft Defender Firewall on Windows 10

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