Disabling the Windows Firewall

You can specify the conditions in which
Symantec Endpoint Protection
disables Windows Firewall.
Symantec Endpoint Protection
restores the Windows Firewall settings to the state it was in before
Symantec Endpoint Protection
was installed when the following occurs:
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
    is uninstalled.
  • The
    Symantec Endpoint Protection
    firewall is disabled.
Symantec Endpoint Protection
does not modify any existing Windows Firewall policy rules or exclusions.
Typically, a Windows user receives a notification when their computer restarts if Windows Firewall is disabled.
Symantec Endpoint Protection
disables this notification by default so that it does not alarm your users when Windows Firewall is disabled. However, you can enable the notification, if desired.
  1. To disable the Windows Firewall
  2. In the console, click
    Policies
    .
  3. Under
    Policies
    , click
    Firewall
    .
  4. Do one of the following tasks:
    • Create a new firewall policy.
    • In the
      Firewall Policies
      list, double-click on the firewall policy that you want to modify.
  5. Under
    Firewall Policy
    , click
    Windows Integration
    .
  6. In the
    Disable Windows Firewall
    drop-down list, specify when you want Windows Firewall disabled.
    The default setting is
    Disable Once Only
    .
    Click
    Help
    for more information on the options. See:
  7. In the
    Windows Firewall Disabled Message
    drop-down list, specify whether you want to disable the Windows message on startup to indicate that the firewall is disabled.
    The default setting is
    Disable
    , which means the user does not receive a message upon a computer startup that Windows Firewall is disabled.
  8. Click
    OK.