I would like to share with you a little app I coded which gives you the ability to block any app from accessing the Internet. This is done with just one click and uses the built-in Windows Firewall to block or allow it. OneClickFirewall is a small program I made which integrates with the Explorer context menu. All you need to do is right click the application you want to block and select "Block Internet Access".
Once OneClickFirewall is installed, it adds these commands to the context menu of executable files and app shortcuts:
It is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7. It should work in Windows Vista too, but currently I am not able to test it.
To block any app from accessing the Internet with one click, do the following.
- Download OneClickFirewall from its official home page HERE.
- Run the setup wizard and follow its instructions.
- After OneClickFirewall is installed, open File Explorer and locate the executable file of the app you need to block from accessing the Internet. Right click it and select Block Internet Access from the context menu.
If you don't know which EXE to block, start the program you want to block, open Windows Task Manager, right click the program in Task Manager and choose "Go to details".
This is very simple and useful.
OneClickFirewall will create all the appropriate built-in Firewall rules for every app you block this way. Since it uses the built-in Windows Firewall to restrict or allow access, it is safe and does not require any extra program running all the time.
I made this app because the default user interface for allowing or blocking an app in Windows Firewall still requires too many steps. OneClickFirewall provides the missing Explorer shell integration that should have been built-in.
With OneClickFirewall, I was able to easily and quickly block even Metro/Windows Store apps, including ads in some apps like Solitaire which annoyed me. Be careful with what EXE processes you block with OneClickFirewall, especially system processes.
To see a list of all EXEs you have blocked with OneClickFirewall, open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security from Administrative Tools. Click Outbound rules. Rules that begins with "OneClickFirewall-..." are the apps you have blocked.
Watch this video to see my app in action:
What do you think about this little app? Do you find it useful? Tell us in the comments.