QuickBooks Firewall Blocking

  • December 21, 2023

QuickBooks major errors H101, H202, H303, or H505 signify that they occur when you are attempting to approach your company file. One of the main reasons for the occurrence of this error is QuickBooks firewall ports are not set up properly. It means the Firewall is blocking incoming/outgoing communication to the company file. The firewall in your system is aware of the reliability of the programs their source and their features.

But it happens very rarely that the firewall is unable to make the exception either due to improper installation or other unknown reasons. There are various system structures of the firewall but Windows 7, 8, XP, or 10 have the same settings. Enterprise Suite customers need to connect with the Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Technical team to resolve firewall issues.

You may face serious errors if your firewall blocks Internet access required for specific QuickBooks programs or files. Updating your firewall to the latest release is highly imperative. It will help to resolve the issue or you may also need to manually configure your firewall software.

Note: Intuit does not support any firewall and anti-virus software. You have to contact your program's provider for assistance in installing and setting up your program.

Why do we need to configure Firewall settings for QuickBooks?

While working with QuickBooks your window firewall blocks internet access which is specifically designed to run all QuickBooks programs and shows error alerts repeatedly. This issue occurs due to two main reasons, which are listed below 

  • Inappropriate configuration of Firewall settings
  • Older version of QuickBooks

How to fix Quickbooks Firewall Error

Here are some solutions that can help you to resolve QuickBooks Firewall Problems.

Solution 1

You can run the QuickBooks File Doctor which automatically enables and corrects the ports.

Solution 2

Making omission in Internet Explorer Settings

  • Press the Windows Logo Key and Press R.
  • Type “inetcpl.cpl” in the Run box.
  • Go to the security tab of Internet Options and click on Trusted Websites.
  • Click on sites and add *.intuit.com and *.quickbooks.com and uncheck the required HTTPS verification.
  • Click on Apply and restart your QuickBooks Software.

Solution 3

Making omissions in Windows Firewall

  • Go to Windows Logo Key and Press R.
  • Type “control” in the run box.
  • Search for Windows firewall in the control panel.
  • Click on Allow an App via Firewall.
  • Select the QuickBooks Software from the list and apply the changes.
  • Restart your computer.

Solution 4

  • Making Firewall omission in Anti-Virus Firewall
  • Different antivirus software has different solutions for making omissions in the firewall so you need to follow the different ways of omission of the firewall.

Solution 5

You can manually configure exceptions and ports to your Firewall. It includes configuring Windows Firewall (Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008, and Server 2012), and Server 2003. You can visit the steps recommended by Intuit.

Quickbooks Firewall Ports and Settings Troubleshooting

You have to report QuickBooks Help Number to resolve the firewall issue. The Proadvisors are approachable via various modes like phone support, email support, live chat, etc. Sometimes due to some valid reasons, you fail to reach the support professionals. In such a scenario, you can contact other reliable agencies.

Alternatively, you can choose SMB Accountants to resolve your firewall issue.

A firewall protects your system from unwanted external access. But, if the same firewall imposes restrictions on your QuickBooks operation, irritation is inevitable.

Yes, sometimes, the system that protects our computers becomes the reason behind the improper functioning of QuickBooks. While operating QuickBooks, your firewall may cause problems. When the Windows firewall is active, your QuickBooks may get blocked. The error Windows firewall is blocking QuickBooks is one of the most common problems faced by QuickBooks users.

Errors & Causes

When it comes to Firewall-blocking QuickBooks or other firewall-blocking issues, there are many errors that you may come across. The common ones include:

  • The error cannot communicate with the company file due to a firewall arising in many instances. The causes can be:
    • A third-party firewall that has been installed on the network
    • QuickBooks Database Server Manager is not running on the server
    • The server connection is lost or the server is not set up properly
  • Another error that may arise is when your system lacks the internet requirement needed for QuickBooks access.

Installing Updates – Most Common & Most Effective Solution

The first and foremost solution is to install the latest QuickBooks updates. The update can either be downloaded manually or automatically.

Manual Update

As you decide to update the QuickBooks manually, there are three options that you can take into consideration. These include:

Option 1

Download from the Internet. There are links available online, which you can click according to your requirements. This will download the update.

Option 2

The next option is to download and install the QuickBooks update from within the QuickBooks desktop. The steps to be followed are as follows:

  1. Go to the File menu
  2. Click Close Company/Logoff(The first two steps have to be followed separately for multiple numbers of company files you select)
  3. From the File menu, choose Exit
  4. See the QuickBooks Desktop Right-click the same
  5. Click Run as administrator
  6. Ensure you are in No Company Open screen
  7. Go to the Help menu
  8. Select Update QuickBooks
  9. Click Options
  10. Choose the Mark All button
  11. Click Save
  12. Click Update Now
  13. Click Reset Update
  14. Click Get Updates
  15. Close QuickBooks Desktop as soon as the Update Complete message appears
  16. Open QuickBooks Desktop
  17. You will receive an install update message. Click Yes
  18. Restart your computer once the installation is complete

Option 3

  • The Critical Fixes (ULIP) is the third option. The Ultra Light Patch or ULIP is a QuickBooks Desktop feature where minor critical fixes can be delivered properly without the need for an actual release patch.
  • Continue with Option 2 to apply the critical fixes. You must ensure that before you download the updates, ensure Critical Fixes are selected.

Automatic Update  

The automatic update can also be achieved by following either of the two options:

Option 1

The first option is to download and install automatic updates NOW. The steps are as follows:

  1. Go to the Help menu of QuickBooks
  2. Click Update QuickBooks
  3. In the window, click Update Now tab
  4. Make changes to the table only if required. Otherwise, ignore it
  5. Tick the Reset Update to erase all previous update downloads checkbox (OPTIONAL)
  6. Click Get Updates
  7. The current update release will be downloaded
  8. Restart QuickBooks and install the update
  9. While restarting, accept the install the new release option

Option 2

The next option is to download automatically in the future. The steps to be followed are as follows:

  1. From QuickBooks, go to the Help menu
  2. Click Update QuickBooks
  3. In the updated QuickBooks window, choose the Options tab
  4. Turn on the automatic updates. Select the Yes option for the radio button
  5. To share downloads with the other systems on your network, click Yes on the radio button(OPTIONAL)
  6. Click Close

The updates will be automatically downloaded after this in the future.

Other Solutions

The methods that can be applied to get rid of the above-mentioned Windows firewall-blocking QuickBooks errors are listed as under:

Solution 1

QuickBooks offers repair tools to get rid of errors and issues. In this firewall blocking QuickBooks problems, you can consider using File Doctor. This will automatically enable and correct the ports.

Solution 2

The next solution is to make omissions in the setting of Internet Explorer. The steps include:

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. In the run box, type cpl
  3. Go to the Security tab of the Internet options, click Trusted websites
  4. Click on the sites. Add *.intuit.com and *.quickbooks.com
  5. Uncheck the required HTTPS verification option
  6. Click Restart the QuickBooks

Solution 3

The third one deals with making omissions in the Windows firewall. To achieve this:

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. In the run box, type control
  3. In the Control Panel, search for Windows firewall
  4. Click on Allow an App via Firewall
  5. From the list, search and select QuickBooks Software
  6. Click Apply changes
  7. Restart your PC.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How would I permit QuickBooks through the Windows Firewall?

To get permits via Windows Firewall, users need to add a firewall port special case for QuickBooks. To proceed with this procedure, hit your first click on the “Window Start Menu” and then enter “Windows Firewall” and they appear. After that, select “Advanced Settings”. Mark the right-click “Inbound Rules” choose the port and proceed forward with the “Next” click. But make sure TCP is chosen and you are all done with this process.

How would I change firewall settings to empower arranged associations?

To change the Windows Firewall settings to enable network connection, you need to know about these instructions. The beginning needs to open a port and click on the “start” button. Choose the “Control panel” button from the drop-down available preferences.  After that, users have to go with the “System and Security” option. Check and make sure about “Firewall Status” at the Windows firewall open window.

The second thing is to open the  “Advanced settings” option and then choose “Inbound rules” and click on the “New Rule” option. Click on “Port” and proceed further with the NEXT click and at last click TCP or UDP relying upon the ideal port.

How would I get to my firewall settings?

To check whether you're running Windows Firewall running or not, learn these instructions. To view this, click on the “Windows icon”, and choose the “Control Panel” option. The Control Panel window will pop up on your open screen. After that, go with the “System and security” option. The panel of system and security will pop up on your screen and choose the “Window firewall” option. If you view a green checkmark on your open window then you are running with Windows Firewall and you access your firewall settings.
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