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Best free firewall to block/unblock internet access to 1 program.

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Hi,

There is one program that I want to periodically block and unblock its access to the internet.

Im running windows 7.

Which free firewall would do this the easiest?

Thanks for any suggestions.
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you can do this easily with the build-in windows firewall. Since Vista (win2k3) you are able to block per program.
see http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-7/prevent-a-program-from-accessing-the-internet-using-the-windows-7-firewall/



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For Linux there is SmoothWall, an open source firewall supported from poor hardware old machines, highly configurable (outgoing per-application blocking traffic rules that can be easily enabled or disabled)

For Windows:
ZoneAlarm free give you a per-application outbound control. Block and unblock an application is not so easy and immediate, but is possible enabling/disabling the rule for that application.
Moreover, there are two proprietary applications doing the trick: WinGate and WinRoute (now Kerio Control). They are gateway/proxy apps and can block outbound connections on application basis. If tey are installed on a gateway, they can blockoutbound connections from a whole LAN.
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I second Windows firewall. It's quick and easy and it's built in. That's definitely the way to go!
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