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kVertix

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With a firewall I can simply block an application from connecting to the internet. But there are some nasty applications which have dozen second delay at start just because the application tries very hard.
What I'm wondering, is there any solution that can prevent an application from seeing that the computer is connected to the internet, so that it wouldn't bother trying to connect?
 

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I have been using proxyfier (proxifier . com) using localhost as proxy. As far as I know, it works well. Could nor find it here for now, though.
 

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Nothing useful on search results. I've been looking for the solution for many years.
Maybe I need some sort of memory altering loader for the application which would prevent it from seeing presence of internet?
 

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hey, the firewall included with windows unfortunately has many exceptions built into it that allow network communication, I've been using an app called tinywall, which is much better than the windows firewall, in fact I remove windows firewall completely from my windows OS now, in favor of TinyWall. TinyWall has options to block everything, including windows updates, store updates, and all windows processes.
 

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Problem is not application accessing the internet, problem is application seeing that an internet connection is present and application wasting valuable time at application launch for trying to connect, sometimes dozen seconds, before allowing to use the application.
Firewalls only block connections, but do not block application from seeing that internet connection is present.
Maybe it is just too complicated to lie to the program that there is no internet?

Alright, what I want try now is to redirect IPs the application trying to connect to, to localhost and see if that satisfies the application.
As I read this far, it's much complicated process than I thought. Or maybe not. Maybe I can do something with NetTCPIP?
I wonder if there is a program that can collect all target IPs from an application and send them to localhost?
 

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Malwarebytes firewall control can be found here. You can set it to block all internet access at startup then allow or block programs through as they request access. you only have to do it once for each program as it works with Windows firewall. I've been using it for quite awhile and it works fine.
 

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Why not just edit the host file then create an exception / rule in your AV/Firewall program? We do this for pesky little programs that do just what you describe
and so far so good for around a dozen or so we have doing this. (Winstep Xtreme is one of them). We also have Windows Defender completely disabled as well
so no conflict with our 3rd party AV program. I believe there's a host editor program here that might help. Or is this not what you're asking?

 

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@kVertix ok first your question is " How to block a Windows application from seeing that there is an internet connection? "
and now you start to ask " what I want try now is to redirect IPs the application trying to connect to, to localhost and see if that satisfies the application. "
i'm closing this thread Now because you had you'r answer on the first question ...
For the other things You beter use Google ... Done....
 
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