Block a program’s internet access with Windows 8 firewall

Monday, May 13, 2013 posted by CSch

If you have some peculiar program installed that you need to have but want all its internet communication blocked you can do that easily with Windows’ built in firewall. On Windows 8 just hit the Windows key to get to the main menu and
- type Firewall.
- Click on Settings on the right pane and
- go to Windows Firewall.
- Click on Advanced settings on the left side of the window.
- On the left pane of the new window, right-click on Outbound Rules and
- select New rule…

Now follow the setup wizards few steps to set the rule up. That’s it! If you happen to need to deactivate the rule for a short time, you can just right-click it and do so:

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8 Responses to “Block a program’s internet access with Windows 8 firewall”

  1. M. Mhaya says:

    Thanks dude for the piece of information

  2. NIO Islam says:

    Thanks for your tutorial.

  3. eric says:

    omg thank you for saving me from ending up in the insane asylum

  4. Bob Macrae says:

    This makes no sense to me. Firewalls were designed to keep bad stuff OFF your computer. The programs ON your computer, generally, you trust and if you don’t they are generally removable. It’s viruses, spam bars and programs that load themselves into your registry you want to BLOCK. Try that.

  5. Cindy Suvinno says:

    Actually windows firewall is not a bad solution, and it is very quick and (free!). Windows also provides a virus protection tool called microsoft security essentials, which surprisingly works just as good if not better (if you like something lightweight) then the expensive ones you can buy like norton, mcafee etc.

    Good article, thanks for the info : )

  6. AN90 says:

    Thank you for this post! Was useful to me.

  7. odiebugs says:

    Just for anyone who see’s this post from googling windows firewall.

    Your question was answered. But anything Microsoft is absolute garbage. They bought Giant and call it windows defender, which is the worst malware protection there is.

    If a little old lady surfs the news then Microsuck security essentials is good. If you go places that aren’t good, then you get Bit Defender, Avast, Avira, and a real firewall like Outpost Firewall.

    If it was so good I would be getting paid to clean or reinstall windows from infected PC’s that only run windows protection. Never had to work on a PC with outpost or one of the top ten antivirus.

    When I use to test Antivirus, defender was in the 30-40 list, where Bit Defender, Avast, Avira, F-secure, Eset, Kaspersky, are in the top 10.

    Most times people let malware in, not that a port was hacked. There is way to much to explain about your software using the net which is most of the problem for a firewall.

    Remember one thing, if microsuck was so good, they wouldn’t have to post thousands of security fixes. There still posting fixes for security flaws in win 8 and 8.1. Which they bragged on how secure it was, LOL

    Windows firewall is ok for most single use, it’s when you run networks and are getting port checks from China, Germany and other places everyday, a 100 times a day, you want something better.

    Avast, Avira have a free version.

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