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Good news for existing users of the firewall enhancing software Windows Firewall Control; the most recent update of the application released today unlocked the donation-only functionality for all user

You can export your rules from the older version of Windows Firewall Control (WFC) and then import those rules after installing the latest version — have not tested this . . . . . since I have no inte

For those who might be interested in using domain-blocking against the Windows Firewall Control (WFC) telemetry:—  

3 hours ago, teodz1984 said:

The name of the game now is VERSION REGRESSION.. Lots of newer versions are going nowhere...

Shouldn't we be just endorsing the BEST VERSIONS on this FORUM, not the latest and greatest 

 

Which imo is what this version is. The best version. It just also happens to be the latest.

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5 hours ago, Sonar said:

Can we import rules from another program? Import from eset EIS.

 

There should be an option when uninstalling the program to keep current settings.

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7 hours ago, Sonar said:

Can we import rules from another program? Import from eset EIS.

 

You can export your rules from the older version of Windows Firewall Control (WFC) and then import those rules after installing the latest version — have not tested this . . . . . since I have no intention of installing this version (it sucks, for me.)

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10 minutes ago, dcs18 said:

You can export your rules from the older version of Windows Firewall Control (WFC) and then import those rules after installing the latest version — have not tested this . . . . . since I have no intention of installing this version (it sucks, for me.)

 

The importing worked flawlessly for me. As far as the version goes, it's a to each their own kinda thing I guess. :)

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On 8/4/2018 at 10:53 AM, gone said:

Upgraded and it seems to send telemetry data to malwarebytes , already noises have been going on wilders page.

 

And it's already been said what data is sent, why is it sent, and how to prevent it from being sent if you wish. Non issue. ;)

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On 8/6/2018 at 6:11 AM, spudboy said:

 

And it's already been said what data is sent, why is it sent, and how to prevent it from being sent if you wish. Non issue. ;)

Good then.

I think this is the current trend.
Company release new version with telemetry.
Angers users.
Users revert to last known version without telemetry.
Company reverts to last known version without telemetry and will tell its users they will fix this error.


 

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11 hours ago, nIGHT said:

Good then.

I think this is the current trend.
Company release new version with telemetry.
Angers users.
Users revert to last known version without telemetry.
Company reverts to last known version without telemetry and will tell its users they will fix this error.


 

 

Not a chance Malwarebytes will be reverting to a non telemetry version. And if enough users block the telemetry, there will be no further updates to WFC. From the original dev:

 

"The following data is sent once a day to Malwarebytes: program version, os version, os architecture (x64, x86), os language (english, german, etc), filesystem (ntfs, fat32), process run as administrator or not, computer is joined into a domain or not, machine id. No personal data is collected. These are used for statistics data to see how many users of WFC exist. Depending on the number of existing users, WFC will continue to receive new features or not. A reduced number of installations will probably stop the development of WFC, a large number will probably continue the development."

There is also this post from a user on the Wilderssecurity forum, which I 100% agree with:

"I don't understand why some users are so upset with this new version. I mean, when you visit a website, the website knows your IP address. When you login into your Facebook or Google account they know your habits, your searches, what you like, from where you log in, they even have your pictures, etc. Now, if WFC sends statistics data to see if WFC is installed on Windows 7 or Windows 10, some people freak out. This is unacceptable. Evil. I'm gonna uninstall it. :) But you still use Windows. How do you think Microsoft knows the market share of Windows 7, Windows 10, etc ? Exactly, the same way."

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5 hours ago, spudboy said:

@Jime234 Can you please elaborate on why my post is confusing to you? :)

Sir,

I was not able to understand whatever you wrote in that post when I read it and I got confused..

I believe my English is not good after all.

 

Thanks.

5 hours ago, spudboy said:

@Jime234 Can you please elaborate on why my post is confusing to you? :)

Sir,

I was not able to understand whatever you wrote in that post when I read it and I got confused..

I believe my English is not good after all.

 

Thanks.

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16 minutes ago, Jime234 said:

Sir,

I was not able to understand whatever you wrote in that post when I read it and I got confused..

I believe my English is not good after all.

 

Thanks.

 

I was stating that the telemetry is not an issue because it can be blocked if a user chooses to do so.

 

Outside of that, they claim that blocking it will have an impact on wheter or not the program will receive future development. My question to that is, can't they get statistics on the number of users from the amount of downloads it receives, rather than using the telemetry?

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