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

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Last Modified: 2016-11-23
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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