Most of the time we want our software online and connected to both our local network and the greater Internet. There are instances, however, when we want to prevent an application from connecting to the Internet. Read on as we show you how to prevent a program from accessing your Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP computer network by blocking it in Firewall. You must have administrator privileges to access Firewall and block software program firewall windows 7-8-10
Some of you might have been sold immediately by the headline, as blocking an application is exactly what you’ve been wanting to do. Others may have opened this tutorial curious as to why one would block an application in the first place.
Although you generally want your applications to have free access to the network (after all what good is a web browser that can’t reach the web) there are a variety of situations in which you may wish to prevent an application from accessing the network. Let’s go in Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP, you can set the Windows Firewall to block or unblock certain applications. Here’s how.
How to Block the program in your firewall Windows 7/8/10
#1. In “Start menu” search the “Firewall” and select “Windows Firewall”.
#2. Click the “Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall“.
#3. Click the “Change setting”.
#4. Unchecking the box to the left of the Software name disallows it from accessing network resources, while checking it allows access.
#5. That’s it.
How to Block the program in your firewall Windows XP
#1. Click Start and open the “Control Panel“.
#2. Select “Security Center“.
#3. In the “Manage security settings for” area, select “Windows Firewall“.
#4. Select the “Exceptions” tab.
#5. Check an application to allow access to the network, uncheck it to block access. If the program isn’t listed, select the “Add Program…” button to add it to the list.
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