I just installed version 2.2.343 on my desktop PC (Windows 10 Pro x64), and, while I love the program, on this occasion it made a pesky nuisance of itself by setting Windows Firewall Control to low filtering (allow all outward), which I spotted almost at once thanks to WFC tray icon having turned orange.
So I suspected that this time GW had installed with its firewall function on by default, and found that that was the case, and turned it off. Then I found that WFC tray icon was orange again, and had to revert that to ‘medium filtering’ for a second time.
Okay, no more fight with GW then, as the firewall was well and truly off and it was no longer trying to stop WFC from doing its job. – But then it became apparent that many if not all of my applications’ firewall rules had been wiped out, so I’m getting alerts from WFC for the first running of each of my internet-connecting programs following installation of that GW version, which is a bloody nuisance.
On the basis of my experience, I’d say it’s essential for the GW installer to ask the user whether they want its firewall on or off when it starts up. That would avoid this annoyance and inconvenience. Please let’s have that prompt built into all future GW installers.