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Block a Program from Connecting to the internet, Using Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall
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If you want to prevent a program from running or block a hacker from having illicit access to your computer, then make use of Windows firewall. The best thing about this Firewall is, it comes for free and you do not need to be doubtful about it, as it is Microsoft’s product.
Let us see how Firewall can be used to block unwanted programs in Windows computer.

How to access Windows Firewall?

Windows 8
To launch the Firewall in Windows 8 computer, you need to type ‘firewall’ in the Start screen and then launch the Windows Firewall. An alternate solution is to choose the ‘Settings’ menu and select ‘Windows Firewall’ from there.

Windows 7/ Windows Vista/ Windows XP
In these versions of Windows operating system, you can access the Windows Firewall from the Control Panel.
Alternately, you can type ‘run’ in the Search bar and press ‘Enter’ key. Once the Run box appears, you need to type “firewall.cpl” and click on ‘Ok’ button. This will pull out the Windows Firewall in front of the users.

How to block a program using Windows Firewall?

  • Once the Windows Firewall window opens, you need to locate an “Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall” link on the left pane of the window and click on it.
  • Upon performing the above mentioned action, you will see a list of options with check boxes beside them.
  • To make changes to the Settings, you need to click on the ‘Change Settings’ button.
  • Now, you need to uncheck the programs that you want to block.
  • There could be instances, when you want the program to be blocked in a public network and unblocked in a private network. According to your convenience, you need to check and uncheck both the boxes, which are placed adjacently.
  • Once you’re done with the changes, you need to save them by clicking on the ‘Ok’ button.

Robert R. is an avid guest blogger who writes on behalf of My Tech Gurus. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the everyday computer user, by helping them with common errors, especially Windows installer errors and slow computer problems. Check out his articles at the Mytechgurus blog.