Please note that disabling firewalls may compromise the security of your computer. If you must disable a firewall in order to use a program, be sure to enable it again once you are finished using the program.

Windows 8

  1. Open Windows Firewall by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering firewall in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Windows Firewall.

  2. In the left pane, tap or click Turn Windows Firewall on or off. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

    Left pane of Windows Firewall
  3. Do one of the following:

    • Tap or click Turn on Windows Firewall under each type of network that you want to help protect, and then tap or click OK.

    • Tap or click Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) under each network type that you want to stop trying to protect, and then tap or click OK.

Window 7

  1. Open the Control Panel (All Items View).
  2. Click the Windows Firewall icon.
  3. Click the Turn Windows Firewall on or off link.

Windows XP (SP2 and SP3)

  1. Navigate to Start > Run.
  2. Type Firewall.cpl
  3. Click OK.
  4. Under the General tab, select Off.
  5. Click OK.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Security > Windows Firewall
  2. Click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off.
  3. If you are prompted for an administrator password, enter it in the provided field.
  4. Click Off.
  5. Click OK.

Norton Internet Security

  1. Log into the Supervisor account.
  2. Click Status & Settings.
  3. Click Security.
  4. Click Turn Off.

Norton Personal Firewall

  1. Click Status & Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Turn Off.

McAfee Personal Firewall

  1. Right-click the McAfee icon and select Open SecurityCenter.
  2. Navigate to Home > Internet & Network > Configure.
  3. Under the Firewall Protection is Enabled section, select Advanced.
  4. Under the Security Level section, select Open.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click OK.