File sharing in Windows® Firewall
Read on to know more about file sharing in Windows Firewall, reasons to block it and ways to fix the issue.
The firewall can be considered as a protective service for the operating system to prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to the computer through a network or the Internet. The Windows Firewall comes under the security settings in the Control Panel of the computer. Thus, the firewalls play an important role in establishing the safety of the system by efficiently preventing the entry of malicious contents and applications into the system. The malicious software commonly includes infectious objects such as worms, viruses and more. Trojan and Stration are the main category of malicious objects that may attack the computer through network connections. The users have an option to customize the firewall settings as per their needs and these settings play an important role in securing the system safety. The user can run the firewall as per the requirements. A firewall may also function for stopping the computer from sending malicious software to other computers and vice versa.
Following are the problem of firewall on Windows operating system when it stops sharing files, its reasons and possible ways to fix the issue:
- Possible causes
- Ways to resolve
There are problems reported frequently that the firewall on Windows operating system stops sharing files. It is highly undesirable, as the file sharing between the users and across the network plays an important role. The file sharing involves the transfer of various data and the faults in this process may waste a lot of time as well. This problem can be effectively resolved by analyzing the causes and by productive thinking for the solutions.
The problem of files, not being shared occurs due to the firewall settings. It generally happens when someone tries to enter into a resource on the computer, such as a shared folder or printer, and the person attempting to access the resource receives an error message as "Network path was not found". The file sharing may fail when the users turn on Windows firewall because file and printer sharing requires the computer to respond to unsolicited incoming traffic and here comes the problem. Windows firewall blocks the incoming traffic through these ports.
For fixing this type of problem in file sharing, the user needs to unblock one or more TCP and UDP ports, which are the basic causes. The firewall settings shall be set up after considering the current status of the system and possible risks. The installation of an affordable antivirus security system reduces the work load of these firewalls and so it is preferable in the systems. It is recommended to ensure that enabling of the file and printer sharing exception in the Windows firewall exceptions list is marked correctly.
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