How to block a program or app from accessing the Internet in Windows

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To prevent this from happening, you will see that there are different versions of Windows 10 and each option has some methods that will let you know how to block or prevent a Windows application or program from accessing the internet? Especially those who work in the background.

It should be noted that although for some users this does not create a problem, because likewise the device works regularly and correctly. For others, the reasons for wanting to be in control and be able to block Internet access from one or another application running in the background are obvious.



Block or prevent a program from accessing the Internet by using Windows Firewall

To prevent a Windows application or program from accessing the Internet, the first thing to do is to identify the programs that run in the background on your device; so long as with this information it will be easier to block them by selecting them directly.

For this, it will be good to know the characteristics or specifications of the PC, since this way you can be clear on how a Windows application or program can access the Internet via shortcuts or direct logins that run in the background on the devices. This is known through a series of steps that allow you to find out the folder they are hosted in.

On one device, it is easy to block Internet access to applications that run in a hidden way; IS necessary alone have a program called Windows Firewall enabled and there follow the steps that allow you to protect your computer from threats that affect the security of any attacks. To do this, you can download Windows from its official page.


Moreover, with this program can block traffic data which allow both the output and the input of any software. That is, the connection of programs and the consumption of data that are transmitted between servers will be checked.


It should be noted that blocking a program is simple and can be done using the built-in functions of the Windows system, as well as with external help. And you can even format a PC and install Windows 10 to prevent these programs from updating automatically.

Block a program that is on the list

The first thing you should do is go to your computer's desktop and press "Windows + X", then choose the "Control Panel" within the options. If you have Windows 10, you should search for "Control Panel" in the search bar and click there to open it.

Subsequently, when opening the control panel, 'Windows Firewall' is selected. Then a window will open and on the left side click on “Advanced Settings”. There you have to click on “Outbound Rules” (here you can restrict Internet access for a particular application).

 Block a program that is not in the list

In case you want to block more programs, click on the option " New rule " in the actions pane on the right side . Then click on "Program" and, to advance, select “Next”.

At this point, you have to write where the program you want to block is installed, or select its position with the browse option; so in the "Action" window, select "Block the connection"  and click Next.


Next you'll need to choose when or how the blocking rules in the selected program. Therefore, the three options that appear are chosen to completely block Internet access.


At this point you have to give a 'Name' to the new rule that has been created, then click on 'Finish' and that's it; The new rule will already be active and you can prevent automatic updating of Windows programs because they have direct access to the Internet.


Block an app from accessing the Internet from the Microsoft Store

Today, it is not possible to restrict Internet use to applications through the Microsoft Store. This is because this app only works as a shop and administrative manager for the apps installed from here.
In case we have an app installed in the Microsoft Store that is consuming a lot of the Internet, we can delete it.


For this we will have to open the start menu with the Windows key or simply by clicking on the button at the bottom left. Once here we will have to write the name of the corresponding app.
So, we will have to right click and look for the option to delete the app, this process is fast. In case of not obtaining by this means, we will have to open the store and search for the app in the global search engine. This is done the same way as when we installed it, only instead of clicking Install, we will uninstall.


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