Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How To Block a Particular Software From Accessing Internet in Windows PC

Blocking a program software from accessing the internet is simply a way to make the stop that particular program from being able to use the internet whenever the PC is connected to a data network. This doesn't mean that the PC will no longer be able to access the internet rather, that program, in particular, won't have internet access because of certain firewall blocking rules that have been set.
How To Block a Particular Software From Accessing Internet in Windows PC

 Why Should I Stop a Program From Accessing the Internet

I know, the primary function of most people on PC is to access the internet with it, so telling them to block or suspend a particular program from accessing the internet might sound odd. So let me quickly give you few reasons why you might want to block a particular program from accessing the internet

1.   You might not want it to continuously check for updates.

2.   You might not want the program to automatically update to a newer version

3.   The program might be displaying some annoying content ads

4.   You might be worried about sensitive data might get leaked and so on.

So if the essential features and tasks of that particular software don't rely on the internet, go right ahead and cut it off from internet access, it is perfectly safe and here is how to do it.

How can I block A Particular Program's Access to the Internet?

Windows firewall not only comes very much in handy in protecting your computer from malware and other security threats but can also be configured to block any program from accessing the internet if you follow these simple steps

1.   Open Control Panel on your PC

2.   Click on Windows Firewall

3.   On the Windows Firewall window, click on Advanced settings (it is usually on the left side)

4.   Click on outbound rules to restrict internet access for a particular app.

5.   Under the Actions panel on the right side of the window, click on New Rule.

6.   Click on Program and press Next to continue

7.   Now locate the path where that program you want to block from accessing the internet has been installed. By default, programs in Windows PC are installed at C:\Program Files\... You can either locate the program using the Browse option in the find window, or you type in the program path by yourself.

8.   In the Action window, select Block the connection and click Next

9.   Highlight when your blocking rules should apply to the program. (For best performance, Select all the three options which are Domain, Private and Public, so as to completely cut off internet access.

10.   Give a name to the new rule you just created. For easy remembrance, save the blocking rule name with the name that software you wish to block from accessing the internet. If for instance, you have just created a blocking rule for Zuma Revenge, then save the blocking rule name with Give a name to the new rule you just created with Block Zuma RevengeThen when you are through, click Finish and your blocking rules will be activated.

Two types of blocking that can be done in Windows Firewall are inbound traffic and outbound traffic. Inbound traffic refers to all the data coming to your program from a server elsewhere. Outbound traffic is due to a connection initiated by your program. This tutorial is focused on the outbound traffic which is a connection that was initiated by your program. 

Now to enable inbound traffic which is a connection that your program receives from an outside network, select “Inbound rules” in step 4 above complete the rest of the steps. Finally, this tutorial on how to block a program from accessing the internet in Windows laptop was done with a Windows 10 PC, and can still be done on Windows 10S PC, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

Also Read:   How to Enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10?

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