Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings.

Have you come across the error message on Chrome asking you to, “Allow chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings”?

If the answer is yes and you want to get rid of the message then this article is for you. Read till the end as anything related to the security of your device and data should not be dealt with lightly.

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Is the error “Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings.” bad or necessary?

Before we start to look for a specific solution and allow Chrome to access the site you want to visit, let us understand this. Unblocking is the easy part, dealing with the consequences could be difficult. Your computer has its own defense mechanism and you should trust it to protect you. 

It defends your computer against malicious websites or programs from harming your device and data. To create an analogy, have you tried to access gaming, gambling, or NSFW (not safe for work) sites on your Office network or in your Institution network. Of course, it will be blocked. These sites apart from being a distraction contain malicious contents which can be harmful to the network and may expose it to malware and viruses.

Hence before we begin, ask yourself the question, is it worth taking the risk? 

At times the firewall can block Chrome without a valid reason as well, so let us take a look at what to do when this happens.

Why did we get “Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings.”?

It is important to understand this error message. As explained earlier about the computer’s defense mechanism, this error means the internal Windows defender, firewall, or your Anti-virus program does not consider the site or the connection as safe.

There are other factors you should try before disabling the firewall for Chrome. 

Turn-off VPN 

Yes, the VPN could be the issue at times. Try going to the 3rd party VPN service you are using and disconnect. If it is not easy to do it then do it from the device manager.

Type ‘Device Manager’ on Windows search

This opens up the Device Manager window

Look for Network Adapters and expand the section

Disable the VPN Adapter from the list

If that does not help, try uninstalling the VPN services. This is tedious but important before you try to make changes to the Firewall settings.

Three reasons Chrome may be blocked

The site or connection could be blocked due to one of these are blocking Google Chrome from connecting to the site.

  1. Windows Firewall
  2. Windows Defender
  3. Anti-Virus

It should be noted that if you have a 3rd party Anti-virus from a well-known company like Kaspersky, McAfee, or Norton, etc, then it will take over from your Windows Firewall and Defender services. Any changes that have to be done will be on your Anti-virus. If this is true for you then skip the next two sections and go directly to Antivirus settings.

1. How to add an exception for Chrome in Windows Firewall?

  1. Go to Windows search on the taskbar and type Firewall
  2. This will open the Windows Defender Firewall
  3. You can alternatively go to Control Panel and search for Windows Defender Firewall
  4. Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall, the first option, would be selected by default. 
  5. Look for Chrome and check both the box for options labled Public and Private to allow Chrome.
  6. If you cannot find Chrome in the list then you can add it by clicking on Change Settings button
  7. Click on Allow another app which opens Add an app window
  8. Select Browse and navigate to the location C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application
  9. Check both the box for options Public and Private.
  10. Select Chrome(.exe) and Add

2. If this does not help then try to Add an exception to Windows Defender

  1. Go to Windows search on the taskbar and type Update and Security
  2. Click Open Windows Security 
  3. Click on Virus & threat protection
  4. Then select Manage Settings
  5. Next is to add Chrome to this list by going into Add or remove exclusion
  6. Select add exclusion and choose Chrome(.exe) as per the path mentioned above.
  7. This should add Chrome to the exception list

3. If you have an Anti-virus

Most of the anti-virus takes control over Windows security hence the above two steps may not be available. If you see this message then you have to go to your Anti-virus settings.

Kaspersky Total Security
  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Threats and Exclusion 
  3. Choose Manage Exclusion and then click on Add
  4. Again browse to Chrome folder C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application
  5. Select Chrome(.exe) and Add
  6. Or, if you just want to unblock a particular website then
  7. Go to Network settings
  8. Select Trusted addresses and click on Add
  9. Copy and paste the URL and make sure it is Active
Kaspersky settings
  1. Open the McAfee application and go to Settings
  2. Click on Firewall
  3. Select the option Internet Connections for Programs
  4. If you can find Chrome then fine 
  5. Else, simply Click on Add to add the exception for Chrome
  1. Again go to Settings
  2. Then, Administrative Settings
  3. Select Program Exclusions which is found under Performance Monitoring section
  4. Click on Add to add the exception for Chrome

If you have specific query about your Anti-Virus then feel free to add your comments in the section below. I will try my best to answer it.

Disclaimer: Changing Firewall and Antivirus settings may harm your computer so please be careful and make an informed decesion.



“Bitter pills may have blessed effect” may be an apt phrase here. So be careful before jumping to any solution. Caution before any action and you will not regret. Take care of your computer and it will take care of your data.

I think it is enough wisdom for today. Do leave your feedback and comments below I will be glad to answer if you have any queries.

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