How to Stop the Windows Firewall Process in Task Manager


Windows Firewall is a free computer protection tool included in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP operating systems. The firewall process is located in the Task Manager, along with other computer processes that may happen to be running at the time. You may need to stop this process if your computer is slowing down, or if the firewall is causing Internet connection errors.

  • Right-click on your Windows taskbar. This is the bottom bar on your computer screen; the taskbar is colored blue, if you are using Windows Vista or XP.

  • Click on the "Task Manager" listing. A new window will open up.

  • Click on the "Processes" tab.

  • Click on the "Image name" column to sort the process list alphabetically.

  • Scroll down towards the bottom of the list.

  • Click on the "svchost.exe" process to highlight it.

  • Click on the "End Process" button, located on the right side of the display window.

  • Confirm you wish to stop Windows Firewall, if prompted.

  • Click on the "X" icon to close the Task Manager.

Tips & Warnings

  • You do not need to restart your computer after stopping the Windows Firewall process.

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