Configure Firewall Ports and Security Settings for QuickBooks

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Learn how to configure QuickBooks Desktop’s Windows firewall and security settings.


You may receive an error message if your Windows firewall prevents specific QuickBooks apps or files from accessing the internet. Don’t be concerned. We’ll show you how to set up your firewall port  and, if necessary, how to manually configure it.


Step 1: Get QuickBooks Tool Hub and install it.


The QuickBooks Tool Hub assists in the correction of frequent errors. To use the tool hub, you must first close QuickBooks. Tool Hub on Windows 10, 64-bit, is recommended for the best experience.


  • QuickBooks should be closed.


  • The QuickBooks Tool Hub’s most recent version ( is available for download. Save the file somewhere you’ll be able to find it quickly (like your Downloads folder or your Windows desktop). Note: If you’ve previously installed Tool Hub, you can check which version you have. 
  • The Home tab should be selected. 
  • The version will be at the bottom of the page.


  • Open the downloaded file (QuickBooksToolHub.exe).


  • Install by following the on-screen instructions and agreeing to the terms and conditions.


  • When the installation is complete, double-click the tool hub icon on your Windows desktop to launch it.


Step 2: Launch the QuickBooks File Doctor application.


  • Select Company File Issues from the tool hub.
  • Choose Run QuickBooks File Doctor from the drop-down menu. The file doctor can take up to one minute to open. If the QuickBooks File Doctor does not open, look for QuickBooks Desktop File Doc and manually open it.


  • Select your company file from the dropdown menu in QuickBooks File Doctor. If you don’t see your file, choose Browse and search to locate it.


  • Select Continue after you’ve double-checked your file and network.


  • Select Next after entering your QuickBooks admin password.


Step 3: Manually configure the firewall port


If QuickBooks File Doctor does not resolve your firewall issue, you can manually configure it.QuickBooks should be included as a firewall port exemption.


If you’re using numerous QuickBooks Desktop versions (years) on the same computer, follow these procedures for each version:


  • Open the Start menu in Windows.


  • Open Windows Firewall by typing “Windows Firewall” into the search bar.


  • Advanced Options should be selected.


  • Right-click Inbound Rules (outbound rules will be created later). Then choose New Rule from the drop-down menu.


  • Select Next after selecting Port.


  • Ensure that TCP is selected.
  • Enter the particular ports required for your QuickBooks year version in the Specific local ports field:





8019, 56728, 55378-55382 in QuickBooks Desktop 2018.


8019, 56727, 55373-55377 (QuickBooks Desktop 2017)


  • Select Next after you’ve entered the port number.
  • After that, select Allow Connection and then Next.
  • Make sure all profiles are marked if requested. Next should be selected.


  • Make a rule for yourself. Make a name for it, such as “QBPorts(year).”


  • Select Finish when you’re finished.

Check your antivirus or firewall port settings


Make sure your antivirus and firewall settings are up to date.Check your antivirus settings if you’ve configured your firewall but are still having problems.


To avoid being blocked, make sure QuickBooks has general rights. The steps differ from one programme to the next. If you’re using Norton or McAfee, look up how to set up permissions in your antivirus software or use these links.




Setting up the firewall port  and security settings for QuickBooks might seem difficult so you can always reach out to the customer support through QuickBooks Online support phone number and QuickBooks premier support. QuickBooks is known for its best customer support.


How do I block QuickBooks in firewall?
Add the firewall port exception for the QuickBooks
  1. Go to the Start menu into your Windows system.
  2. Then in the Search box type Windows Firewall and open it by pressing Enter button.
  3. Go to the Advanced Settings.
  4. Now, right-click on the option Inbound Rules.
  5. After that, click on New Rule to create the new one.
How do I block QuickBooks from accessing the Internet?
Quickbooks Setting
  1. Launch Quickbooks and sign in as a user with sufficient rights to change system preferences and settings.
  2. Click “Help, ” choose “Internet connection set-up,” select “I do not have an Internet connection” and click “OK.”
How do I fix a firewall problem in QuickBooks?
Here’s how to fix firewall errors so you can get back to work.
  1. Step 1: Download the QuickBooks Tools Hub and run QuickBooks File Doctor. …
  2. Step 2: Update QuickBooks. …
  3. Step 3: Check your firewall settings. …
  4. Step 4: Set up your folder permissions.
How do I allow QuickBooks through Mcafee Firewall?
Open the interface main page and click Web and Email Protection, then Firewall, then click Internet Connection for Programs. It takes a while to load and a hint: to arrange alphabetically click “Program” just above the list to the left of centre (after it’s loaded). Locate Quickbooks and click it to highlight it

Follow this solution even if you have Windows 10 or don’t use Internet Explorer as your web browser. QuickBooks Payments uses Internet Explorer behind the scenes to connect to our services online.

Open Internet Explorer.
Select the Tools ⚙ icon. Or, press the Alt key on your computer to bring up the menu bar, then select the Tools menu.
Select Internet Options from the menu.
Go to the General tab. From the Browsing history, select Delete…
Select the following to delete:
Temporary Internet files and website files
Cookies and website data
Select Delete.
Close the Internet Options window.
Close Internet Explorer.
Try to access QuickBooks Payments again.
If you don’t see Internet Explorer in Windows 10
Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer with Edge as its main web browser. However, Internet Explorer is still in Windows 10. If you don’t see Internet Explorer on your computer, here’s how to open it through Edge:

Open Microsoft Edge.
Select the button with three dots (…) at the top right of the browser window.
Select Open with Internet Explorer.
Follow the steps above to clear the cookies and cache.
If clearing the cache and cookies in Internet Explorer doesn’t fix the problems, move on to solution 2.

Solution 2: Change the Compatibility View settings in Internet Explorer
The Compatibility View settings help web pages display properly. To change them in Internet Explorer:

Open Internet Explorer.
Select the Tools ⚙ icon. Or, press the Alt key on your computer to bring up the menu bar, then select the Tools menu.
Select Compatibility View Settings from the menu.
In the Add this website field, enter “https://*” and select Add. Repeat this step for both “https://*” and “https://*”
Select Close.
If you still see problems, try solution 3.

Solution 3: Change the internet connection settings in QuickBooks
Although you can change these settings directly in Internet Explorer, it’s best to do it in QuickBooks Desktop. This makes sure the new settings take effect in QuickBooks.

Open QuickBooks Desktop
Go to the Help menu and select Internet Connection Setup.
Select Use my computer’s Internet connection settings, then select Next.
Select Advanced Connection Settings… This opens the Internet Options window where you can change the settings described below.
Add Intuit as a trusted site
Change cookie settings
Change ActiveX Control settings
Update Trusted Sites settings
Change advanced security settings
Change pop-up blocker settings
Restart your computer
If you still run into problems with payments, move on to solution 4.



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