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Setting up Enhanced Firewall system rules in AVG Internet Security

Enhanced Firewall is a component of AVG Internet Security that uses system rules to control network traffic for the most common connection types related to specific system capabilites. Configuration changes on the system rules screen directly impact the rules configured in packet rules. If you change a system rule, the change may affect multiple packet rules.

We recommend you only make alterations to system rules if you have advanced knowledge of firewall concepts. Enhanced Firewall is already configured to provide the appropriate firewall protection in most cases.

Review system rules

  1. Open the AVG Internet Security user interface and click the Hacker Attacks tile.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon) in the top-right corner.
  3. Ensure Full protectionEnhanced Firewall is selected in the left panel, then click System Rules.

Use the drop-down menu next to each system rule to select Enabled or Disabled, which allows or blocks the corresponding traffic. If a rule is set to Not configured, Enhanced Firewall does not control the traffic according to a predefined connection type, but still applies the rules defined in application rules, which control traffic according to individual rules for applications or services.

Enabling these rules has the following effects:

  • Allow Windows File and Printer sharing: Authorizes other PCs in the network to access shared folders and printers on your PC.
  • Allow remote desktop connections to this computer: Authorizes other PCs in the network to remotely access and control your PC when the remote desktop service is enabled.
  • Allow incoming ping and trace requests (ICMP): Authorizes incoming Internet Control Message Protocol messages. ICMP is typically used by system tools, such as ping or tracert, for diagnostic or control purposes when troubleshooting connectivity issues.
  • Allow outgoing ping and trace requests (ICMP): Authorizes outgoing Internet Control Message Protocol messages. ICMP is typically used by system tools, such as ping or tracert commands, for diagnostic or control purposes when troubleshooting connectivity issues.
  • Allow IGMP traffic: Authorizes multicast communication using the Internet Group Management Protocol, which is required by some media streaming services for more efficient use of resources during activities such as video streaming and gaming.
  • Allow multicast traffic: Authorizes applications and services for media streaming when distributing content to groups of multiple recipients in a single transmission, which is necessary for activities such as video-conferencing.
  • Allow DNS: Authorizes communication with Domain Name Servers, which enables your PC to recognize the IP addresses of the websites you visit.
  • Allow DHCP: Authorizes communication using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol to automatically provide network PCs and devices with IP addresses and other related configuration information such as the subnet mask and default gateway.
  • Allow VPN connections via PPTP: Authorizes connections to Virtual Private Networks based on the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol. This protocol is known to present numerous security risks.
  • Allow VPN connections via L2TP-IPSec: Authorizes connections to Virtual Private Networks based on a more secure combination of the Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol and Internet Protocol Security in comparison with the older Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol.
  • Allow stealth mode for public networks: Prevents attackers from uncovering information about your PC and running services when your Firewall is in Public mode, which is the network profile you should set when you are connected to a public network, such as in a cafe or at an airport.
  • AVG Internet Security 20.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

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