Running in Windows (Windows 7), I'm trying to sniff my browser's requests.

I can install tools that sniff packets for all users, and require high permissions.

But, I would like to just run a tool to sniff my own packets and not require those permissions. Does such a tool or method exist? Ideally, I would like an extension for my browser to intercept all requests (and plugin requests, too).

If not, then what level of (Windows) permission do I need or which policy do I need to set to give the account permission to sniff?

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You are required to have Administrator priveledges to install any software. Therefore, I believe the work-around for you is simply to only use "portable" applications. "Portable" applications are ones where you simply unzip and use it, no installation required.

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  • No problems installing software. I was just having problems running certain sniffers.
    – palswim
    Sep 16, 2011 at 19:43
  • I would love to sniff all local programms running and calling home EXCEPT my browser (so basically, apart from very few legitimate updates, anyone without my 'consent')...
    – Frank N
    Jan 6, 2014 at 16:08

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