[KB5707] How do I create a firewall rule to allow/disallow use of a certain application in ESET Smart Security? (8.x)


The ESET Personal firewall acts as a network traffic filter that regulates communication within the local network or Internet. Using predefined rules, the Personal firewall analyzes network communication and decides whether or not to allow it. You can configure your Personal firewall to make exceptions for certain applications.


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Version 9.x users: Click here for step-by-step instructions

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  1. Open ESET Smart Security. How do I open my ESET product?
  2. Press the F5 key on your keyboard to access Advanced setup.
  3. Expand Network, click Personal firewall and select Automatic mode with exceptions (user-defined rules) from the Filtering mode drop-down menu.
    Version 7.x: Automatic mode with exceptions is not included in version 7.x and later of ESET Smart Security. If you have version 7.x and later, proceed to step 4.

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  1. Expand Personal firewall, click Rules and zones and then click Setup under Zone and rule editor.

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  1. Click New in the Zone and rule setup window.

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  1. Enter a name for your rule and select Allow or Deny from the Action drop-down menu.

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  1. Click the Local tab and click Browse. Navigate to the location of the application you want to create the rule for. Select the application and click Open.

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  1. Make sure you see For every next to Remote side and Local side: and then click OK to create the new rule.

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If you are still unable to resolve your issue, email ESET Technical Support.