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I have a program that tries to update itself every time I go online. What is annoying is that the new version isn't compatible with the files I am using now so essentially it tries to break itself every time I open it.

How do I prevent it from going online and trying to update? I am using windows 7 x64.

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There's no option in the program internally to stop checking for updates? – Isxek Aug 1 '10 at 12:39
If my answer doesn't help, what program are you talking about? – Tom Wijsman Aug 1 '10 at 12:42
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Windows Firewall has the ability to do this out of the box.

Simply click the Start button and type Firewall and you should see Windows Firewall with Advanced Security at the top. If you don't, then you can get to it through Control Panel > Administrative Tools.

Next, on the left hand side go down to Outbound Rules then on the right action bar click New Rule and basically select the Program option. Then after selecting the program, choose what you want to block, and then choose the Block the Connection option.

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worked like a charm. – acidzombie24 Aug 1 '10 at 13:51

Software like NetLimiter can do this, there are (free?) alternatives but I forgot their names.

Another free option is to block the software in your firewall or to block the IP/Domain in your hosts file.

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Use the Free version of this outbound firewall


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