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  1.    25 Feb 2017 #1
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    Blocking a program in firewall?


    I'm trying to block a program from connecting to the internet and I followed these instructions:

    How to Block a Program From the Internet in Windows 10 - Simple Help

    for blocking a program from the windows firewall, but it doesn't seem to work. When I go into the program it tells me updates are available, so, obviously, its connecting to the internet.

    I should say I have Avira antivirus connected, if that matters at all.

    Does anyone know what I may have done wrong? I followed the instructions in that link precisely.
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  2.    25 Feb 2017 #2
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    Hi Alfred001

    Does your Avira have a firewall? I know some versions do from my search "How do I block an application in Avira firewall."



    ken
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  3.    25 Feb 2017 #3
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    If you're using Windows Firewall, you can add Windows 10 Firewall Control -- which can totally block from the internet a specific program. I'm a W7 person, so I use W7FC, which does the allowing and blocking thing.
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  4.    25 Feb 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    Hi Alfred001

    Does your Avira have a firewall? I know some versions do from my search "How do I block an application in Avira firewall."



    ken
    There is a firewall section in Avira, but when I click settings it just leads me to the Windows firewall settings.

    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    If you're using Windows Firewall, you can add Windows 10 Firewall Control -- which can totally block from the internet a specific program. I'm a W7 person, so I use W7FC, which does the allowing and blocking thing.
    I suppose I could try that, but I want to try getting the job done with just the native controls, it should be possible, I followed those instructions, but, for whatever reason, doesn't work.
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  5.    25 Feb 2017 #5
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    Maybe the update is cached somewhere.

    If your lucky you might be able to use Something like CCleaner to clear the programs cache.
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  6.    25 Feb 2017 #6
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    Well if it is Windows Firewall then this tutorial may help.

    Windows Firewall Allowed Apps - Add or Remove in Windows 10

    I will say I'm confused. This morning I searched and it showed how to use their firewall. Tonight I search and found an article from Avira that said the had dropped their firewall as they thought Windows Firewall was sufficient. Then another article that said in their Pro version you need to enable. Interesting.

    I assume that after you changed firewall rule you did a restart.


    Ken
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  7.    25 Feb 2017 #7
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    I'm looking at the folder of this program and there's a few other .exes aside from the one with which you run the thing.

    Could it be that I need to block those? I always run just this main .exe so I figure that should be enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
    Maybe the update is cached somewhere.

    If your lucky you might be able to use Something like CCleaner to clear the programs cache.
    Yeah, that occurred to me. I tried rechecking from updates (it does it automatically at startup, I assumed that might be cached) and a bar started filling up, which would indicate its not cached, and it found them again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    Well if it is Windows Firewall then this tutorial may help.

    Windows Firewall Allowed Apps - Add or Remove in Windows 10

    I will say I'm confused. This morning I searched and it showed how to use their firewall. Tonight I search and found an article from Avira that said the had dropped their firewall as they thought Windows Firewall was sufficient. Then another article that said in their Pro version you need to enable. Interesting.

    I assume that after you changed firewall rule you did a restart.


    Ken
    Yep, did a restart.

    The tutorial you link to actually doesn't cover my situation. I need to ban something from connecting to the internet, the tutorial covers allowing things through or revoking permissions that had been granted.
    Last edited by Alfred001; 25 Feb 2017 at 20:09.
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  8.    25 Feb 2017 #8
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    Sometimes a program you want to block from internet access has more than one EXE active; you might have to block more than one EXE contained in the directory of the program you want blocked.
    Last edited by RolandJS; 04 Mar 2017 at 06:51.
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  9.    26 Feb 2017 #9
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    What program are you trying to block? Some might using Windows components to check for updates.

    As suggested try some windows firewall control, it is an extended interface for Windows Firewall, you will be still using native controls, but default interface is just too unfriendly.

    Windows 10 Firewall Control or Windows Firewall Control

    Or use a real firewall instead, because it will actually do the job:

    Free Firewall or www.zonealarm.com/software/free-firewall
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  10.    27 Feb 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post

    Or use a real firewall instead, because it will actually do the job:

    Free Firewall or www.zonealarm.com/software/free-firewall
    I use Comodo Firewall only and have been using it since my old XP pro service pack 3 days and I think it is one of the best firewalls out there......I especially like that it also has a built in sandbox program for your browser which I use to its fullest extent!

    Not to mention that it is highly configurable!
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