Windows Firewall Control (WFC) is now acquired by Malwarebytes

The popular firewall GUI application for Windows systems Windows Firewall Control (short: WFC) is now officially acquired by Malwarebytes. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and the old WFC source code will not be released. On Tuesday, the cybersecurity firm said the deal will help IT administrators protect enterprise endpoints through the integration of BiniSoft’s Microsoft Windows Firewall Control tools.

Windows Firewall Control (WFC)
The WFC GUI application had over 500k downloads and was a pretty solid Firewall GUI for the Windows integrated one.

Overview

The BiniSoft Windows Firewall Control utility provides additional features to extend Windows Firewall software. The software runs in the system tray for quick and direct access and can display notifications for outbound blocked connections and digitally signed programs.

Founded in 2010, BiniSoft is the brainchild of independent developer Alexandru Dicu. The programmer says that while Microsoft’s native tools are powerful, he did not find it “easy to play with,” and therefore set to work building an alternative interface. He often gave (and still give) outstanding support in his own Wilders Security Forum thread.

According to the Malwarebytes, the firewall software “allows admins quick access to Windows Firewall settings and enhances the management functionality of networking rules for each application.”

Is WFC (by Binisoft) dead?

There will be no feature updates introduced and (for now) you can’t register a new account in order to activate the product until Malwarebytes finds a solution with Alexandru Dicu. The main program however still will get urgent updates in order to fix possible problems.

In July this year the developer said he is working on a new product/program which is in cooperation ship with Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes will allow BiniSoft to retain its current name, supplemented by Malwarebytes branding for the near future. The company also said it is “committed to maintaining the mission of the BiniSoft products and its features”.

Back last year in 2017, the antivirus solutions provider Malwarebytes acquired Italian security firm Saferbytes. The startup’s anti-malware, anti-exploit, anti-rootkit, cloud antivirus software and sandbox capabilities were combined with Malwarebytes enterprise security offerings.

Final Words

I wish the developer of WFC all luck, I often recommended the WFC GUI because for beginners it was easier to use rather than the Windows integrated firewall. I’m really excited what we will see in the upcoming months and what Malwarebytes will offer us and if a standalone program like WFC will remain or not, since Microsoft often changes a lot on the Windows OS it required constantly to merge the changes into the firewall applications (in this case GUI) in order to keep up with the changes, so I only can hope we will see a workaround or new program for this which stays cheap so that new users can be attracted with it’s license model and support.

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