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November 6, 2008 8:24 PM Subscribe
I need security software that blocks specific programs from using the internet. ZoneAlarm does this well, but it does not do this completely. Help?
posted by gensubuser to computers & internet (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've had good luck with ZoneAlarm over the past 5 years--it does pretty much what I want. No, Word, you don't get to use the internet. Sorry, Adobe Update, no phoning home. Unfortunately, there are some scraps remaining:
The other day I caught a program using some Windows Help .exe to grab its html help files from the web. It sounded pretty innocuous, but could used to sinister ends. Then, there are the "Windows Generic Host processes" -- you can't really lock them down (with ZA) without paying a huge price, because nothing really works then.
So, I want software that runs programs inside a web-less sandbox. I may end up having to run a VM with file-only access, but I'd rather not--that's kinda slow, and not very seamless. If there were software that viciously scalpeled all web dlls from the offending program, that'd be okay too. But I need to know that this software isn't phoning home. I don't give IE permission to use the net until I have to use it, because I have a suspicion some programs show up as IE in ZA.
99% of the programs out there talk about "stopping spyware before it's even installed" or removing it once it's been identified. I don't want that--I'm paranoid, what are my options?