When I boot up my PC, I get these windows security alert message telling me to allow the programs and I have configured to open on startup through the firewall, then if I open an application E.G Steam, it gives me the same message, so I press allow, but the next time I boot the application or PC, they show up again, I've done a virus scan with Malwarebytes to no avail. I am using windows 10

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Thanks in advance

  • unfourchantly uninstalling tunnelbear has done nothing :/
    – Antp
    Oct 4 '16 at 5:56

Since you have mentioned that you do have TunnelBear installed I am assuming you have the same issue as me.

TunnelBear installs a service named TunnelBear Maintenance (the exact service name is TunnelBearMaintenance).

It seems that when this service is running it somehow manages to remove every non predefined rule (or every rule with a blank group) from the Windows Firewall Inbound/Outbound rules lists.

Stopping this service will give you the old (expected) behavior back but you will have to Allow Access in the Windows Security Alert again for every application that requests network access one more time.

To stop the service press Start and search for Services and open it. Then search for the service TunnelBear Maintenance (just start typing it). Right-click -> Properties. Press the Stop button and then also change the Startup type to Manual. This will only start the service when you start TunnelBear.

However, every time that you start the service it will remove all rules mentioned above so you will have to stop the service manually (or it will stop automatically after a system restart) and you will have to Allow Access in the Windows Security Alert again for every application that requests network access one more time.

  • yeah, i uninstalled tunnelbear yesterday, no results... but today, seems to be working fine!
    – Antp
    Oct 5 '16 at 4:47
  • @Antp: I guess the uninstaller removed the service as well and then just a restart was necessary.
    – Ma3x
    Oct 5 '16 at 9:11

You could create a custom inbound/outbound rule for Windows's Firewall for certain application and see if it still happens.

  1. Launch "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security".
  2. Under "Inbound Rules", select "New Rule".
  3. Check "Program" under Rule Type.

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4.Set the program path.

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  1. Allow the connection and set the appropriate profile for the rule.

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Windows is identifying the network you connect to as a "Public" network, hence the pop up every time. Change your network type from public to private.

Change network type from public to private:


  • How do i do this?
    – Antp
    Sep 30 '16 at 22:15
  • Added link above Sep 30 '16 at 22:16
  • tinkertry.com/… Sep 30 '16 at 22:19
  • It's private now, but it's still giving me alerts when I open an application.
    – Antp
    Sep 30 '16 at 22:22
  • Are you using a VPN? Sep 30 '16 at 22:44

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