What is firewall.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the firewall.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Firewall.exe file information

The process known as Foxie Firewall or Ashampoo FireWall PRO (version 1.14) belongs to software The Shield Firewall or Ashampoo FireWall or Ashampoo FireWall PRO or Foxie Privacy, Security by NextAisle or ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG ( or Team Foxie.

Description: Firewall.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The firewall.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 425,729 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 396,005 bytes and 24 more variants. 
There is no file information. The firewall.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Firewall.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name firewall.exe, for example BKDR_Generic or BKDR_POEBOT.AHA (detected by TrendMicro), and or Worm.Win32.AutoIt.agl (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the firewall.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Ashampoo FireWall
  ArieA   (further information)
Belongs to Ashampoo FireWall

Summary: Average user rating of firewall.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think firewall.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving firewall issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with firewall. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the firewall.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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