Configure Firewall & Internet Security Settings for QuickBooks

Set Up Firewall and Internet Security Settings

QuickBooks Accounting Software has generated quite a buzz for itself since it was introduced in the financial software market by Intuit. Its popularity has only sky rocketed since then as the software is outfitted every year with new and improved tools and features. The software helps to aid accountants and bookkeepers to complete all financial tasks effectively in time, with minimal scope of errors.

 

The software, although quite powerful, is as susceptible to errors as other sophisticated ones. However, it is not necessary that the error is due to QuickBooks software. It is quite possible that the error has cropped up because of the system on which the software is installed. For example – system requirements of the software does not match with that of Windows or the settings made for Firewall and Antivirus software does not go in tandem with each other and the software is being restricted. In case of Firewall restrictions, the best solution is to update the firewall to latest release which might or might not solve the error. However, at times user might have to manually configure the firewall to remove the restriction error.

Manually Change the Settings of Exceptions and Ports within the Firewall

Windows 10, 8, 7, Server 2008 and Server 2012

  1. Click on Start icon and under the menu type in the word firewall.
  2. Now click on the tab labeled Windows Firewall.
  3. The user should next look for tab called Advanced Settings, most probably located on the right side of the screen.
  4. Now in the new screen click the right button of the mouse over ‘Inbound Rules’ and then click on the option – New Rule.
  5. Next select the option of Port followed by Next tab.
  6. Specific TCP needs to be selected and added in with particular ports that are required with the software particular to the year version. In case the user is employing more than one QuickBooks software of different years, then different ports of that year specific will be needed which most probably will be following the format of – 8019, XXXXX, XXXXX,XXXXX – XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2015: 8019, 56725, 55363-55367
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2016:8019, 56726, 55368-55372
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2017:8019, 56727, 55373-55377
  7. Now ensure that the option ‘Allow the Connection’ is listed and selected followed by Next button.
  8. Finish the steps by providing Rule with a new name like ‘QBPorts’ and follow it with ‘Finish’ option.
  9. For the case of ‘Outbound Rules’, follow the same steps listed above and in the 4th step instead of ‘Inbound Rules’, select ‘Outbound Rules’.
  10. Now once again open the QuickBooks Desktop software in the multi-user environment or across the network in order to ensure the problem is resolved.

If user is still facing issue or problems with connectivity then the next step is to make exceptions to all the applications that is used by QuickBooks located within the Windows Firewall. Just follow the enumerated steps:

  1. Click on Start icon and under the menu type in the word firewall.
  2. Now click on the tab labeled Windows Firewall.
  3. The user should next look for tab called Advanced Settings, most probably located on the right side of the screen.
  4. Now in the new screen click the right button of the mouse over ‘Inbound Rules’ and then click on the option – New Rule.
  5. Next select the option of Program followed by Next tab
  6. Look for and click on ‘This Program Path’ option followed by the option of ‘Browse’.
  7. Follow the instruction to select the appropriate Paths which will have to be marked individually. Now select ‘Next’.
  8. Now ensure that the option ‘Allow the Connection’ is listed and selected followed by Next button.
  9. In case the software prompts then mark all the profiles as checked and again click on Next.
  10. Finish the steps by providing Rule with a new name and follow it with ‘Finish’ option.
  11. For the case of ‘Outbound Rules’, follow the same steps listed above and in the 4th step instead of ‘Inbound Rules’, select ‘Outbound Rules’.
  12. Now once again open the QuickBooks Desktop software in the multi-user environment or across the network in order to ensure the problem is resolved.

Windows Server 2003

  1. Select the icon of Startand then choose the option labeled Control Panel.
  2. Hover the mouse and double-click on the Firewall.
  3. Now highlight and select the option called ‘Exceptions’.
  4. Locate and select option ‘Add Port’.
  5. Specific TCP needs to be selected and added in with particular ports that are required with the software particular to the year version. In case the user is employing more than one QuickBooks software of different years, then different ports of that year specific will be needed which most probably will be following the format of – 8019, XXXXX, XXXXX,XXXXX – XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2015: 8019, 56725, 55363-55367
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2016:8019, 56726, 55368-55372
  6. Click on OK tabafter completing the process.
  7. Now once again open the QuickBooks Desktop software in the multi-user environment or across the network in order to ensure the problem is resolved.

Perform required changes in the settings of 3rd Party Antivirus/Firewall Programs

This set of steps should only be tried in case the configuration steps of Windows Firewall are not solving the issue of restriction caused by the firewall.

  • Different users employ different set of firewall programs and that too of different versions that at times Intuit is not able to accord specific set of instructions related to that firewall and version. In this situation it is recommended that the user confer with his software’s documents or the publisher’s site for prompt support.
  • Intuit does not support or maintain steps on the various internet security programs on the market today. In most cases, you should be fine just adding the ports above to the Windows Firewall. If you still encounter errors opening a file over a network or multi-user problems, you may want to try adding the following executable/directories to your 3rd party virus program.

Include the ports listed below to the firewall or 3rd party Antivirus

Specific TCP needs to be selected and added in with particular ports that are required with the software particular to the year version. In case the user is employing more than one QuickBooks software of different years, then different ports of that year specific will be needed which most probably will be following the format of  – 8019, XXXXX, XXXXX,XXXXX – XXXXX.

  • QuickBooks Desktop 2015: 8019, 56725, 55363-55367
  • QuickBooks Desktop 2016: 8019, 56726, 55368-55372
  • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377

List of Executable to be included within the Firewall / 3rd Party Antivirus – In the case of Program File (x86), it should be opted for as this denotes user is employing Operating System of 64-bit.

  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Sync
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\Intuit\YOUR QUICKBOOKS YEAR
  • exe placed in C:\Program Files\QuickBooks Online Backup

The above listed steps ensure that the user can easily configure new changes within the settings of their firewall and internet security without any hassle. However for any issue in following the steps QuickBooks expert team can be approached. Moreover, if there is any issue in connecting with the team of QuickBooks for the same user can connect with us at our toll free number +1-855-481-5335 and live chat option on our website – quickbooksnumber.support.

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