By The Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

This script disables exceptions for specified applications in Windows Firewall by setting the Enabled property to False. It retains the stored applications settings. To perform this task, it uses the Windows Firewall COM automation server. It runs only against the local computer.

ClosePrograms-com.vbs does not correspond exactly to CloseProgram.vbs, one of the scripts that ships with Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and which are documented in the Appendix. Where CloseProgram.vbs deletes an exception for only one program, ClosePrograms-com.vbs disables but saves exceptions for multiple programs. You can download a Windows Installer (.msi) file that installs the Guide and its associated scripts from:

To use the script, copy the code, paste it into Notepad, and then save the script as ClosePrograms-com.vbs. To run the script, open a command prompt window to the directory of the script and type:

cscript closeprograms-com.vbs

If the default script host on the computer is Cscript.exe, the initial "cscript" may be omitted.

Script Code

'Author: Peter Costantini, The Microsoft Scripting Guys
'Date: 8/30/04
'Version: 1.0
'This script disables exceptions for specified apps in Windows Firewall by
'setting the Enabled property to False. It retains the stored app settings.

'First dimension of arrDisableApps must equal # of apps to be closed minus 1.
Dim arrDisableApps(2,1)

'Edit this list to disable programs on the exceptions list.

arrDisableApps(0,0) = "NsLookup" 'Name
arrDisableApps(0,1) = "c:\windows\system32\nslookup.exe" 'ProcessImageFileName
'Must be a fully qualified path. Cannot contain environment variables.

arrDisableApps(1,0) = "Notepad"
arrDisableApps(1,1) = "c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe"

arrDisableApps(2,0) = "Calculator"
arrDisableApps(2,1) = "c:\windows\system32\calc.exe"

'On Error Resume Next
'Create the firewall manager object.
Set objFwMgr = CreateObject("HNetCfg.FwMgr")
If Err <> 0 Then
  WScript.Echo "Unable to connect to Windows Firewall."
End If
'Get the current profile for the local firewall policy.
Set objProfile = objFwMgr.LocalPolicy.CurrentProfile
Set colAuthorizedApps = objProfile.AuthorizedApplications

WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "Authorized applications disabled:"
For i = 0 To UBound(arrDisableApps)
  intCount = 0
  For Each objAuthorizedApp In colAuthorizedApps
    If LCase(objAuthorizedApp.ProcessImageFileName) = arrDisableApps(i, 1) _
      intCount = 1
      objAuthorizedApp.Enabled = False
      strName = objAuthorizedApp.Name
      strProcessImageFileName = objAuthorizedApp.ProcessImageFileName
      intScope = objAuthorizedApp.Scope
      Exit For
    End If
  If intCount = 1 Then
    If Err = 0 Then
      WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "Name: " & strName
      WScript.Echo "  Process Image File: " & strProcessImageFileName
      WScript.Echo "  Scope: " & objAuthorizedApp.Scope
      WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "Unable to disable application: " & _
      WScript.Echo "  Error Number:" & Err.Number
      WScript.Echo "  Source:" & Err.Source
      WScript.Echo "  Description:" & Err.Description
    End If
    WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "Application " & arrDisableApps(i, 0) & _
     " not found."
  End If

Set colAuthorizedApps = objProfile.AuthorizedApplications
WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "All listed applications after operation:"
For Each objApp In colAuthorizedApps
  WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "Name: " & objApp.Name
  WScript.Echo "  Process Image File: " & objApp.ProcessImageFileName
  WScript.Echo "  Scope: " & objApp.Scope
  WScript.Echo "  Enabled: " & objApp.Enabled

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