This brief tutorial will show you how to “allow” a program to access the Internet when the Windows Vista Firewall is enabled (which is by default).
Typically when a program attempts to access the Internet for the first time, you’re presented with a pop-up window asking if you want to allow or block its access (see image below). This isn’t always the case though, so to manually allow a program from accessing the Internet, follow the instructions outlined below.
- Click the Start Orb and select Control Panel
- Select Allow a program through Windows Firewall from the Security section – if it’s available (it’s not always the default choice). If it is available, skip down to step 4. If it’s not, click Security and continue with step 3.
- From the Windows Firewall section, select Allow a program through Windows Firewall.
- When prompted to grant permission, click Continue.
- If it isn’t automatically displayed, select the Exceptions tab. From there, click the Add program… button.
- Select the program you wish to allow access to the Internet. If it’s not listed, click the Browse button and navigate to it. Once it’s selected, click OK.
- Make sure that the program you just added is now listed, and has a check in the box next to it. Click OK and that program will now be able to access the Internet.