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  1. vasant kamothi
    September 25, 2010 • 1:18 am

    thnk u very much

  2. jono
    October 23, 2010 • 5:26 pm

    It will not allow me to uncheck the box in the public column….

  3. DDD
    October 29, 2010 • 2:28 am

    Shouldn’t matter as long as the box on the left side of the program name is unchecked.

  4. Philitubby
    November 4, 2010 • 12:58 pm

    Thanks a 1000 times. Have been trying to sort this for bl00dy hours. ;-)

  5. shamsudeen
    January 14, 2011 • 5:09 am

    hello all.

    i just installed a file management application which is asking serial no, i keygened and put the key in the program later some times its suddenly closing and asking for key, i thing its communicating through internet, how to block it? will it work the above method?. and some time its even detecting when pc is not connected to internet, how i wonder?

    Thank you

    • sabofx
      November 28, 2011 • 9:57 am


      Some applications are extra sneaky and install additional executables that launch at the startup of windows or run as a service. You should find and block these additional exe files.
      Use ´msconfig.exe´ to find and disable apps that startup at systemboot.

      Another (easier) way of avoiding the unwanted ‘phone home’ is to install and run your application in a sandbox environment. Download a free sandbox at

      You can configure specific rules for your sandbox. These rules include en/disabling Internet access for anything running inside your sandbox.

      Good luck & cheerz,

  6. pradip
    January 20, 2011 • 8:14 am

    thanks dear.Its really helpful.

  7. Jorny
    March 5, 2011 • 6:24 pm

    @Shamsudeen.You’Ll have to uninstall the program and remove all cache and registries relating to the program before you can follow what DDD prescribed.And I’Ll advice you do this after you install any cracked program.

  8. A.A.
    August 17, 2011 • 9:59 am

    Doesn’t work. I added a program in the list and unchecked the box on the left. Still the program can access the internet.

    Using Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1 64bit.

    • MyTwoCents
      February 25, 2012 • 5:46 pm

      Try this. It worked for me.

  9. A.A.
    August 17, 2011 • 10:17 am

    …Was able to block it from the extended view though.

  10. Lea
    October 5, 2011 • 10:44 pm

    Same issue as A.A. Also using Windows Home Premium 64 bit, but not SP.

  11. Daniel
    March 18, 2012 • 12:13 pm

    This doesn’t work because the instructions are wrong. That dialogue is specifically only to *allow* Internet access for programs, not deny it. If you uncheck the checkbox to the left of the program name, what you are doing is not blocking the program from accessing the Internet, but deactivating the rule you just created that allows it to. So effectively, you have created a new rule and immediately disabled it.

    The only way to block a program is to go through Advanced Settings (instead of “Allow a program or feature…”), go to Ingoing or Outgoing rules, click “New Rule…” to the right, and follow the steps. In specific: create a Program rule, choose your program, choose to block connections, and name the new rule.

    • JD
      July 5, 2012 • 10:00 am

      ^^^I tried Daniel’s suggestion but to no avail. A certain program I had been using was still being stubborn and wanted to update itself when I didn’t want it to.

      So to conclude, I tried:

      -The suggestions in this article
      -Blocking it in Windows firewall’s Ingoing AND Outgoing rules
      -Blocking it in my anti-virus

      My solution?

      By going to “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc” (Using Windows 7 x64) and editing the “hosts” file with notepad and adding this at the bottom of the list:

      (The universal code for blocking any site is “”)

      This did the trick for me in blocking the program and stop it from updating, a.k.a stop it from “calling home”.

      Hope this helps someone.

  12. d.v
    August 19, 2012 • 12:09 pm

    very useful….thanx a lot.

  13. Taha
    June 11, 2013 • 2:57 am

    Question: if i specify the program path the folder, not the exe file, for example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe, is the rule subject to the files included in the folder or not?

  14. Kevin Redden
    December 24, 2013 • 8:47 am

    Thanks for the help

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