reply to antdude
Re: Straightening out Microsoft's confusing security tools They left out Windows Firewall.
It can be set up to function correctly, seemingly.
(Correctly IMO would be a default deny, where by default it is a default allow [basically].)
Now if you were to set it to default deny, it would drive you crazy allowing those apps that you did want to allow.
(There are third party apps that can help in that regard.)