What is ipfw.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 ipfw.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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Ipfw.exe file information

The process known as ipfw.exe belongs to software ipfw_helper by unknown.

Description: Ipfw.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ipfw.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 31,744 bytes. 
The ipfw.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The ipfw.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If ipfw.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 32,768 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 31,744 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The ipfw.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ipfw.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ipfw.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

Firewall for Windosw. WIPFW is a MS Windows operable version of IPFW for FreeBSD OS.
  graycrow   (further information)
WIPFW is a MS Windows operable version of IPFW for FreeBSD OS. You can use the same functionality and configure it as only you work with IPFW.
  Yevgen   (further information)
It is installed when you download and install BiDiblah by SensePost - a vulnerability scanner mentioned by SANS in their WhatWorks Article
  Pat McCrann   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ipfw.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think ipfw.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving ipfw issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ipfw. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 ipfw.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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