How do I permanently disable the Personal firewall in ESET Smart Security? (5.x)

KB Solution ID: SOLN2852|Last Revised: December 28, 2012

Issue

Warning:

To disable the Personal firewall only until the next system restart: Click Setup and then click Enabled next to Personal firewall in the Network section. In the Temporarily disable protection window, select Until next restart from the Time interval drop-down menu. Click OK to save your changes.

To create a rule that allows all network traffic through the firewall, refer to the following Knowledgebase article:

Solution

Set ESET Personal firewall to only scan application protocols (recommended method)

  1. Open ESET Smart Security. How do I open my ESET product?
     
  2. Press the F5 key on your keyboard to access the Advanced setup window.
     
  3. In the Advanced setup tree to the left, expand Network   Personal firewall and click System integration.
     
  4. Select Only scan application protocols from the System integration drop-down menu and click OK.

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Important!

When you are finished testing or troubleshooting, make sure to re-enable the ESET Personal firewall. For instructions on re-enabling the Personal firewall, click here.


Disable the ESET Personal firewall (until re-enabled by user)

Warning:

The steps below will disable HTTP, POP3 and IMAP scanning, which represents a potential security threat to your system. Use the following instructions with caution and re-enable the ESET Personal firewall as soon as possible.

  1. Open ESET Smart Security. How do I open my ESET product? 
     
  2. Press the F5 key on your keyboard to access the Advanced setup window.
     
  3. In the Advanced setup tree to the left, expand Network   Personal firewall and click System integration.
     
  4. Select Personal firewall is completely disabled from the System integration drop-down menu.

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  5. Click OK to confirm your changes. Your Protection status icon will turn red, and ESET Smart Security notify you that a restart is required.  After restarting your system, the Personal firewall will be permanently disabled.

Important!

When you are finished testing or troubleshooting, make sure to re-enable the ESET Personal firewall. For instructions on re-enabling the Personal firewall, proceed to the next section.

 

Re-enabling the ESET Personal firewall

  1. Open ESET Smart Security. How do I open my ESET product? 
     
  2. Press the F5 key on your keyboard to access the Advanced setup window.
     
  3. In the Advanced setup tree to the left, expand Network   Personal firewall and click System integration.
     
  4. Select All features active from the System integration drop-down menu and then click OK to confirm your changes.

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  5. Restart your computer. After restarting, your Personal firewall will be active again.
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