How to Open Firewalls So Printers Work on McAfee

by Chris Hoke
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When a remote user initiates a connection to your local printer, the signal passes through your computer's network ports and your security software checks it. A McAfee firewall blocks these network ports by default, which can prevent printer sharing by making your printer virtually invisible. To enable printer access, you'll need to create an exception that opens the firewall and allows the connection to pass through to your printer. You can create a special permission rule in the McAfee security software that allows you to share your printer with other users on your network.

Step 1

Double-click the McAfee security software "M" icon in your system tray to launch the software configuration window.

Step 2

Click "Web & Email Protection."

Step 3

Click "Firewall," then click "Settings" to open the Firewall configuration window.

Step 4

Click to select "Program Permissions" from the list.

Step 5

Click "Add Allowed Program."

Step 6

Click to select your printer icon, then click the "Allow" button.

Click "OK" to confirm the changes and allow printer sharing on your computer.


  • This information pertains to McAfee Security Personal Firewalls for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers.


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About the Author

Chris Hoke is a freelance writer, blogger and musician living in the San Francisco bay area. He began writing professionally in 2005 and his articles regularly appear on and

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