How to block Ares and Ares Lite P2P programs?

Posted on 2005-04-12
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am using a netgear MR814v2 router and I want to block access to the p2p program ares and ares lite, it claims the default port is 32285, however it uses random ports to send/recieve data.  When I blocked an extremely large range of ports, since it jumps around from nearly ports 30000-60000, it started to direct traffic to port 80 (http).  Does anyone know how to block this program?  Any input would be helpful.  
Question by:snake1282
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    Expert Comment

    I think the best best would be to setup system policies to not allow the installation of this program.  If you are not familiar with how to do this, the easiest way is to make the user a regular user and not a power user.  Using Windows XP, make the account a limited account, or (in the case of XP Pro, set it to User).

    Let me know if you need more help.

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    Because it is stealthy, and will jump to port 80 if need be, I don't think you can firewall prevent it.

    What about a piece of software like? (blocks almost every type of P2P, etc...)

    Maybe you can find help at this link below, which is an ARES FORUM !
    This is meant to help ARES users, but it certainly provides a wealth of information about ARES.

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    > Because it is stealthy, and will jump to port 80 if need be, I don't think you can firewall prevent it.

    You cannot PORT FILTER to prevent it.  There are other approaches to firewalling, including content filters (which, for instance, will ensure that all port 80 traffic is in fact HTTP) and proxies (ditto).  And if you can see the traffic, you can cut that machine's Internet access -- many users will stop using an application if their Internet goes away whenever they try it....


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