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  1.    06 Jun 2017 #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle51 View Post
    This sounds great as it'd allow me to block the individual .EXE file right?

    But which file(s) am I supposed to block so that OpenOffice can't contact the Internet???
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  2.    06 Jun 2017 #42
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    1. Example:
    Set up your firewall (this is Avast) so it asks you any time the application tries to access the internet.
    Thus you find out what is requesting access.
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    In fact from inspecting what is allowed access you may even get enough information- and block it there and then.

    Basically - make intelligent use of a firewall and its rules.

    2. Research - see if anything is known

    3. Inspect the installation folder for likely candidates. (An outside possibility).
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  3.    06 Jun 2017 #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceAndShy View Post
    Thanks, but I know I can disable the "update checker" in OpenOffice. Instead, I want to block all out-going communication from OpenOffice.
    What out going communication are you talking about?
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  4.    06 Jun 2017 #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceAndShy View Post
    New problem:

    How can I prevent an app like 'OpenOffice' from connecting to the Internet?

    I know it connects to the Internet because it tells me that there is a new update available.
    NiceAndShy there is a simple option in Libre/Openoffice to turn off and it will not check for updates.
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  5.    06 Jun 2017 #45
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    1. Example:
    Set up your firewall (this is Avast) so it asks you any time the application tries to access the internet.
    Thus you find out what is requesting access.
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    In fact from inspecting what is allowed access you may even get enough information- and block it there and then.

    Basically - make intelligent use of a firewall and its rules.

    2. Research - see if anything is known

    3. Inspect the installation folder for likely candidates. (An outside possibility).
    Thanks so much for your detailed reply!

    However, I'm using the Windows 10 Pro built-in firewall and I can't recall the time it notified me that OpenOffice needed to access the internet.

    I just need to find which file(s) to block in the Windows 10 built-in firewall to block...

    Be great if someone knew!
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  6.    06 Jun 2017 #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by roy111 View Post
    NiceAndShy there is a simple option in Libre/Openoffice to turn off and it will not check for updates.
    I know I can do this, but I want to block all outgoing communication from OpenOffice and not just its ability to check for updates.

    Even if I turn off updates in OpenOffice my big concern is that OpenOffice will be able to contact the Internet and upload the contents in the OpenOffice files.
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  7.    06 Jun 2017 #47
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceAndShy View Post
    I know I can do this, but I want to block all outgoing communication from OpenOffice and not just its ability to check for updates.

    Even if I turn off updates in OpenOffice my big concern is that OpenOffice will be able to contact the Internet and upload the contents in the OpenOffice files.
    This OpenOffice feature you talk about that allow it to contact the Internet and upload content does not exist,
    it's like saying that your car will turn itself on, open the gate and run away from your box; hope it's clear.

    Good luck.
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  8.    06 Jun 2017 #48
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    Well it just seems so easy for OpenOffice to send data back to the Internet without me knowing...

    Surely I'm not the only one who thinks this way?

    Am I safer because OpenOffice is an open source app?
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  9.    06 Jun 2017 #49
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    NiceAndShy,
    Follow the how to in my post #23. When you get to the 'This Program Path' click 'Browse' and look in your 'C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenOffice 4\program' folder. This is where you will find the .exe your wanting to block (soffice.exe , swriter,exe, etc). Depending on which features you have installed for OpenOffice you will have to create a Custom Outbound Rule for each of the .exe.
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  10.    10 Jun 2017 #50
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    Thank you!

    I'm going to try this as this is a VERY important problem I want to solve.

    Without me buying another app, is it possible for me to double check that OpenOffice is unable to contact the Internet?
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