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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jessica8, Oct 1, 2009.

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  1. Jessica8

    Jessica8 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I like to try all kinds of new software. I usually don't end up buying it because it's to expensive for me so I just install it for evaluation.

    The problem is that now all software "calls home" and track my use of it. I don't like this. So I disconnect from the internet by unplugging my network cable while installing or using this software.

    But this is inconvenient. I would like a more convenient solution. In my search I came across a box called "The Internet Switch" that supposedly does this but it's bulky and doesn't work anyway when I am on WiFi.

    Do you know of a program or piece of software that does what I want?

    Please don't ask me to do this through my Windows firewall because it's useless for this purpose. First, the spy on me just like that software that I try. Second, most of the evaluation software knows how to workaround those personal firewalls. I need something that really works.

    Do you know of a program or piece of software that does what I want?

    Thanks.
    J
     
  2. midders

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    You could try Sandboxie to run programs in isolation.

    I disagree that software firewalls are useless for your purposes; about all that they are good for is preventing outgoing communications by unauthorised programs; the incoming stuff should be left to a hardware firewall/router. I recommend Comodo Personal Firewall (now part of Comodo Internet Security but installable individually) this also includes defense+ which monitors what applications try to do locally in terms of communicating with other applications in a possibly unsafe/unauthorsied manner.

    If you're really worried, download microsoft virtual PC and test out all your programs in a virtual environment.

    Slainte

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  3. johnny9823

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    The other day, when I was purchasing a different app from softwarecandy.com, I am across a product that looks like what you are describing:

    http://www.softwarecandy.com/shop/downloads/block-internet-access

    I almost bought it for myself out of curiosity but at the end I didn't. If this works for you please let us know. I might download a copy for myself.
     
  4. Jessica8

    Jessica8 Thread Starter

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    Thanks midders and johnny. I ended up buying the little program that johnny referred me to. I didn't know about it. It does exactly what I want which means it comes on top of the firewall so those spyware that know how sneak through the firewall can't "call home" because there is no Internet at all :D

    midders your idea about Sandboxie or Virtual PC is great but it's an overkill and doesn't really fit into my current setting. Thanks anyway.

    J
     
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