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Create firewall “profiles” for Windows 7

Sometimes my home internet connection drops, and I have to switch to a tethered mobile one which has a data limit. This means I have to close pretty much all applications except a fresh internet browser to make sure there are no bandwidth-wasting applications running.

I'd like to know if there is a program that lets me block all programs' internet access by default, and use a whitelist to let applications through this block. On/Off switch would be nice, but closing the program and then re-opening it when I need it again is fine too.

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windows 7? vista? xp? –  Logman Jul 14 '12 at 17:11
    
@Logman Windows 7, sorry for not mentioning that. –  natli Jul 14 '12 at 19:13
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It's all about the firewall. Software-based or hardware-based.

Here is a good tutorial on how to make rules in windows 7

There are some 3rd party firewalls applications that can be easier to use like Comodo or ZoneAlarm (free versions), and then some not so free. But we need to know what OS you are running...

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I use windows 7. Firewalls usually work with blacklists (allow by default, block individually). I want to work the other way around; with a whitelist. And I need to be able to switch that around conveniently. –  natli Jul 14 '12 at 19:13
    
I am pretty sure Comodo can block all outgoing with whitelist. I will verify... –  Logman Jul 14 '12 at 19:24
    
I just tried ZoneAlarm, I can tell for sure that one does not support whitelisting. Hopefully you have better luck with Comodo ;) –  natli Jul 14 '12 at 19:27
    
well, with Comodo you can export / import config profiles... but you would have to manually deny or except everything using paranoid mode. But once you get it set you could switch between the settings. Not simple... –  Logman Jul 14 '12 at 20:28
    
Too much of a hassle really.. if anybody has a good solution for this I am all ears, but +1 for your efforts, much appreciated. –  natli Jul 18 '12 at 11:28
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