The cause of the error “allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings” does not lie with the chrome browser itself but with your firewall or the antivirus you are using. Let me explain the purpose of firewall or antivirus with an example.
What is the purpose of white blood cells in our body? To fight off germs and harmful foreign microbes, in some situation the white blood cells start fighting the tissues in our own body; that is a dangerous situation for anyone.
Similarly, a firewall or antivirus tracks the packets of data coming in and going out of your computer through the internet. It ensures no malicious codes enter your system that could harm your computer; at times the firewall may make mistake and stop chrome from accessing the network. In this blog, we will help you place Chrome in the list of programs allowed by your antivirus.
To resolve this problem we will help you add Chrome to the exception list of the antivirus and the firewall.
Additionally, there are several errors that are displayed by Chrome. You can copy the error and paste it on the Google Search and perform a search, we are confident you will get your resolution.
Adding Chrome to the Windows Firewall Exception List
Windows Firewall is a built-in security application that was initially introduced with Windows XP and has continued ever since. It helps protect your computer from prying eyes or unauthorized users who might harm your computer. It monitors your internet or network activity, keeping an eye on the packets of data coming in and going out. It forms a protective wall between your computer and the internal and external network. The Firewall blocks several applications on your computer that has untrusted digital signature or due to some other predetermined rule. It is common that the Firewall might block Chrome. Follow the below steps to include Chrome in the Firewall’s exception list:
- Press Windows + S and Type Firewall
- Open the Window Defender Firewall
- Click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall
- Before altering Click on Change settings and Check both Private and Public boxes and hit Ok
If the problem persists, try turning the Windows Defender Firewall Off. This can be done by navigating back to the Defender Home Window and the option is at the right side below Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
Allow chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings – Kaspersky
If you have an antivirus like Kaspersky installed, it will automatically disable the Windows Defender Firewall and the Defender Home will say “These settings are managed by vendor application Kaspersky Total Security”. Hence, Kaspersky is blocking Chrome from accessing the network. Follow the below steps to include Chrome in Kaspersky’s Trusted list.
- Open the Kaspersky and go to settings
- Select Protection and click on Application Control
Note: The interface may differ depending on the version and variant of the Kaspersky protection you are using. Nonetheless the steps remain the same.
- Click on Manage Applications
- A window will open that will display a list of applications; locate Google and under click on it and all the Google applications will be displayed.
- Allow Chrome by toggling allow and this should do the trick.
Allow chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings Avast
I hope you have got the idea as to how to allow chrome to access the network and in the same manner, you can do it to any of the vendor security applications you are using.