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How to identify inbound traffic for Windows 7 and block ports as nessecary.

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Greetings,

I'm running Windows 7 on an Acer laptop.  I'm trying to become knowledgeable of network security.  In the process I downloaded CurrPorts to identify and kill 'Unknown' connections.  Long story short, CurrPorts is about good for nothing in this regard.  Each and every attempt to kill a connection fails with a line that says I must be running it as Administrator when I am running as Administrator.

At anyone time I can have 30+ 'Unknown' connections.  This is frustrating.  Yes, I do get the IP or domain name and see who the connection is from.  Yes, many are from Google or AOL etc but many are not.  I find some connections are from all over the world and have nothing to do with what I'm using the browser for.

How can a manage these connections better?  How can I reduce the amount of unknown connections?  For instance, if I'm using Google or AOL or G mail, these are the only unknowns I want connecting to my computer.

I did use Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to set a few rules but these rules appear to be good for nothing seeing how there are so many potential Unknown connections.

Thanks for the help!
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by:John Hurst
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You need a Packet Sniffer for this:

I use Comm View (Tamosoft) but Wire Shark also works.

Comm View will show you the ports uses with the IP address.
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Thank you Mr. Hurst.

I'm guessing both of these are free-ware?  Back in 2006 (my last IT days) a sniffer was in the thousands of dollars.

Given they are free, would you be so kind as to provide what you call a 'safe' download site/link.  Sometimes 90 % of the battle in obtaining good free ware is getting it from a site that doesn't find a means to installing a Trojan.

Thank you!
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Wire Shark has a small support charge but I think you can use it for free.

Comm View is truly better, not free, comes with support and I have been using it for about 2 decades.

Wire Shark can be had safely from here:  https://www.wireshark.org/

Comm View and everything else Tamos can be had safely from here: http://www.tamos.com/

By the way, a good study of networking security is not likely to be free.
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If you want to run a program as Administrator, you need to right click on it and select "Run as Administrator". UAC will then pop up and ask you to enter the admin's credentials.

And make sure you never log on to Windows with an account that has admin rights. Only use standard user accounts. If anything needs admin rights UAC will come up. Just make sure there is an admin account. But never use that directly.
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Thanks guys!!
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You are very welcome and good luck with Network Security.
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by:tliotta
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For instance, if I'm using Google or AOL or G mail, these are the only unknowns I want connecting to my computer.
Can you post a useful sample of the "unknown" connections? Using any of those three is likely to give a fair number of "unknown" connections in order for them to work well (or perhaps at all).

Also, are you asking about any connections or only in-bound? Also, what router/modem equipment is under your control?
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