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Windows 7: Windows firewall and outbound connections notifications

01 Oct 2009   #1

 
 
Windows firewall and outbound connections notifications

Hello,

Is windows firewall able to notify me when blocking a new program trying to establish an *outbound* connection?

Thanks,
diodorus

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01 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by diodorus View Post
Hello,

Is windows firewall able to notify me when blocking a new program trying to establish an *outbound* connection?

Thanks,
diodorus
No it doesn't. Only inbound connections notify.
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01 Oct 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

A decent firewall that does a good job with outbound notifications is PC Tools Firewall Plus.. While it may not be as comprehensive as some other firewalls are, the price is right ... get it -=> here
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01 Oct 2009   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
A decent firewall that does a good job with outbound notifications is PC Tools Firewall Plus.. While it may not be as comprehensive as some other firewalls are, the price is right ... get it -=> here
Thanks for the tip. Actually I am not looking for many features like inbound protection, as I'm behind a router, or complicated port-rules. All I need is a "program" (or would you call this a "firewall", already?) *JUST* notifying/blocking a *process* from connecting to the internet. Does such thing exist? (Ideally I would run this next to windows firewall, which is enough for me...)

Thanks!
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01 Oct 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yes it will notify you if a process attempts to connect to the net... This program runs fine with the default rules, or you can get down and dirty and configure it to suit your specific needs...
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01 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Windows 7 Firewall control sounds like it might be what you are looking for.

Details here and downloads here
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01 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yes, so far, every time a new program tries to access anything outside the local network, a warning dialog pops up and asks if you want to let it. If you say yes, it makes a permanent exception fotr that program so it won't ask you again...
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01 Oct 2009   #8

 
 

Thanks, I'll try this Sphinx Windows 7 Firewall Control (despite their horrible-looking website/logo! ). It looks "lighter" (in resources) than PC Tools Firewall Plus (but please correct me if you know more about this...)
Thanks!
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02 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by diodorus View Post
It looks "lighter" (in resources) than PC Tools Firewall Plus (but please correct me if you know more about this...)
Thanks!

In task manager I have 2 processes running 1 (Windows7firewallcontrol) is using 1,956 and the 2nd (Windows7firewallservice) is using 2,024
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02 Oct 2009   #10

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by diodorus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
A decent firewall that does a good job with outbound notifications is PC Tools Firewall Plus.. While it may not be as comprehensive as some other firewalls are, the price is right ... get it -=> here
Thanks for the tip. Actually I am not looking for many features like inbound protection, as I'm behind a router, or complicated port-rules. All I need is a "program" (or would you call this a "firewall", already?) *JUST* notifying/blocking a *process* from connecting to the internet. Does such thing exist? (Ideally I would run this next to windows firewall, which is enough for me...)

Thanks!
For what it's worth, that only works for "well behaved" processes/apps. Malware can simply deactivate or circumvent the outbound filtering, given it's already running on the machine. This is one of those religious debates in computing.
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