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  • Submitted: Nov 25 2009 04:37 PM
  • Last Updated: Nov 15 2010 10:14 PM
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  • Will Run On: 2000/XP/Vista/7
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PeerBlock

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PeerBlock lets you control who your computer "talks to" on the Internet.

By selecting appropriate lists of "known bad" computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers, computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been "hacked", even entire countries!

They canīt get in to your computer, and your computer wonīt try to send them anything either.





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I very much doubt these kinds of apps are useful. RIAA, MPAA, ACTA, et al... are updated their IP’s hourly.
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FutureShock
Jun 17 2012 12:57 AM
Downloaded PeerBlock this A.M. as a result of the flame virus and because I have almost no peer protection on XP other than the pop up blocker in Opera. This looks like a good program, but it definitely has to be trained and manually at that. No big deal, but it blocks many things by default including update calls by programs. Unfortunately, there's not enough intuitive behavior in the program for it to prompt users whether to allow a connection when a program is opening when the program is checking for updates. I don't know if PeerBlock blocks MS Updates...

No easy way to achieve peer protection I guess, but I am a little concerned there might be copycats of the flame technique moving forward. Every hacker will want to be associated with the flame virus, since it got so much press. For me the big thing is peer to peer. Don't like the idea of being snooped or having files stolen. Also, flame uses a peer to peer connection to begin its operations as detailed by Symantec:

"According to Symantec, the Snack module sniffs NetBIOS requests on the local network. NetBIOS name resolution allows computers to find each other on a local network via peer-to-peer, opening up an avenue for spoofing."

If any of you guys have any advice about peer blocking, here's a good opportunity to be a real hero to any of us who could use it. Just started using PB, so I'm not sure of the extent of the oversight I will have to maintain to get things set up correctly...

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http://www.freewarebb.com/topic/87287-peerblock/#entry94350



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