How to allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall


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

If you happen to use Google Chrome as your primary browser, you may encounter some network related errors every now and then. One such error is Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings.

This error can occur due to network-related issues, and the reason can vary depending on the user. However, your web browser displays the error if it detects your antivirus or firewall blocking the connection.

If you are also troubled by this issue, here are a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings error in Windows.

How can I let Chrome access the network in my firewall settings?

1. Add Chrome to Windows Firewall

Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type control and click OK. This will open the Control Panel.
  3. Click on System and Security.
  4. Click on Windows Defender Firewall.
  5. From the left pane, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall option.
  6. Click the Change Settings button. Click Yes, if prompted by the UAC.
  7. Click on Allow another app button at the end.
  8. In the Add an app window clicks on Browse.
    Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall
  9. Navigate to the following location:
    C:Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplication
  10. Select chrome.exe and click on Open.
  11. Click on Add.
    Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall
  12. Make sure you check both Private and Public boxes.
  13. Click OK to save the changes.

Start Google Chrome and try to use the browser. If the error occurred due to Windows Firewall blocking the connection, you should be able to connect without any errors now.


You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.


2. Add an exception to antivirus firewall

Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall

Avast Web Shield

  1. Start Avast Antivirus if not running. You can launch it from the taskbar hidden menu.
  2. Click on Avast Settings.
  3. Select Avast Protections.
  4. Click the Customization link placed next to Web Shield. This will open a new window.
  5. From the left pane, click on the Exclusions option.
  6. Type the URL of the website that is blocked by the antivirus resulting in the error in the URLs to exclude field.
  7. Click on Add to add the URL.
  8. Click OK to save the changes.

Open Chrome and try to access the website and check for any improvements. If the issue persists disable the Web Shield temporarily and then check for any improvements. To disable Web Shield, go to Active Protection and toggle the switch for Web Shield to turn off protection.


3. Add an exception to Windows Defender

For Windows 10

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
  3. Click on the Open Windows Security button.
    Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall
  4. On the Windows Security window, click on the Virus & threat protection tab from the left pane.Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall
  5. Scroll down to Virus & threat protection and click on Manage Settings.
  6. Again scroll down the Exclusion section.
  7. Click on the Add or remove exclusion option.
    Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall
  8. Next, click on the Add an exclusion button and select Folder.
  9. Navigate to the following location:
    C:Program Files (x86)
  10. Select the Google folder and click on Select Folder.
  11. Click OK to save the changes.

You want to check if your firewall is blocking some features? Follow the simple steps from this guide to find out.


For Windows 7

Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type control and click OK to open Control Panel.
  3. Go to System and Security settings and look for Windows Defender.
  4. Click on Tools (top panel). This will open Tools and Settings.
  5. Under Settings, click on the Options link.
  6. From the left pane, click on Exclude files and folders option.
  7. Click the Add button.
  8. Click on the Browse for Files and Folders button and navigate to the following location:
    C:Program Files (x86)
  9. Select the Google folder and click OK.

The Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings is not common, but when it occurs, it is due to your security program blocking the connection. Follow the steps above to fix the error.

If you have any other questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.

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