The Blocked Programs page contains a list of all programs that either you have elected to block from using the Internet or WinPrivacy has automatically blocked for you.
Left most on each line is a set if icons:
When you see this icon you know the manufacturer took the time to sign the file. Just because a file is signed does not mean it is a good file. More and more malware has been signing files with stolen certificates lately, but seeing this does tell you this is probably a good file.
A cool feature we have is the ability to both allow and block programs by signature. Therefore, if you install a new printer and it installs a program that uses the Internet to obtain updates, you can allow this by manufacturer. This way, if later other programs from this same vendor want to download updates from the Internet they can without having to first get your approval.
This icon indicates the file is a Windows Protected File. WinPrivacy automatically allows these files, but gives you the ability to block them if you desire.
The third icon you see is the application icon. We included this on the page to help you better understand what program the data is referring simply by the icon.
Next we list the program name, full path, total number of Blocked Internet connections, when WinPrivacy blocked the program last, when the program was set to Not Allowed and when we first saw the program. Please note, Initial Connection At refers to when WinPrivacy first saw the program try to access the Internet.
Program Recognition: (Best Practice)
We STRONGLY recommend activating both “Program Recognition” settings on your settings page immediately.
Automatically block will tell WinPrivacy to block any new program from accessign the Internet. “Smart Recognition” tells WinPrivacy to utilize our definitions and automatically allow “known” good programs while giving you the opportunity to block the program if you desire when prompted.
Now back to some less exciting stuff.
allows you to pro-actively add programs to your Blocked Programs list without having to wait for them to attempt to access the Internet. This can be useful if you know there are programs installed on your computer that you do not want using the Internet. If you can’t think of any, then this button isn’t for you.
Simply click the button and navigate to the folder that houses the program you want to block. Highlight that program and click OK.
The program will be added to your Blocked Programs list.
Provides you with a plethora of information about the selected program.
You can see % of users who allow and who block the program.
You can see details about the program, including size, version, signature, MD5, SHA256 and more importantly other programs sharing the same signature.
From this screen you can view PLUS Info, the Microsoft Properties page, Allow or Block the individual program of all programs sharing this signature.
If you’re confused about a file, open this tab. It will help.
(Program blocked for illustrative purposes only)
WinPatrol PLUS customers are familiar with PLUS Info. It is our internal program database that tells you more information about a program in an attempt to help you decide whether or not you want to allow the program.
Below is an example PLUS Info page. We have it in our plans to upgrade these.
From the information above, you can see that Snagit32 is a safe program and should be allowed to access the Internet.
Are you familiar with the Windows Properties page? If so, you can access it from here. If not, give it a click. The Properties page provides you with even more information about a particular file.
Some would say it is for more technical users, but you can’t hurt anything by opening it up, looking around and then clicking Cancel to close it.
By clicking on the various tabs of the Properties dialog you can find out the manufacturer of a file, the product version and whether or not is it signed. This is all valuable information when trying to determine if you should allow a program to access the Internet.
To be able to view any history connection history, you need to first enable the collection of connection history data on the Settings Tab. We suggest only activating this if you are actively researching a programs behavior because this can result in a large volume of data being archived and also have a mild impact on the speed of browsing.
You can view the retained history of attempted connections for a program by clicking the History… button. Due to the volume of data generated, history is only kept for 30 days.
You may be wondering why we have an Connection History button on the Blocked Program page? If you see a program you’re not sure about, block it. Then, you can come here to perform research on what it was doing w/o allowing it to continue to use the Internet until you’re sure it’s safe.
Block by Signature
Lets say there is a company that really irritates you or has cause you problems in the past and you don’t want any of their software to access the Internet from your computer, ever!
Simple. If they sign their software, simply block it by signature and everything they sign with that signing certificate is blocked. This is pretty powerful, so it should be used with care.
You’re in the middle of something and you saw a prompt and immediately clicked block w/o even reading it. As you release the mouse you realize your mistake. Crap, what do you do now?
No problem. Open the Blocked Programs tab, highlight the program and click “Allow Program”.
Done. That easy.
Allow By Signature
Here is were it gets fun. Lets say you have a great program like WinPatrol PLUS on your computer and you accidentally blocked it from using the Internet. We know you don’t want that to happen again so we gave you the ability to make sure everything Ruiware, LLC makes and digitally signs is allowed because they write incredible software.
Simply highlight the program you don’t want blocked, like WinPatrol PLUS, and click “Allow By Signature”.
Now every awesome product from Ruiware, LLC will be allowed.
So, you may see some programs without any icons and that have “Does not exist” appended to the program name. Or maybe you have some older programs you don’t use anymore and don’t want them to show up in WinPrivacy anymore.
That’s simple. Highlight the program and select “Remove Data”. Poof, the references are gone.
If for any reason the program is run again and tries to access the Internet, please refer to Program Recognition above.
We do not automatically remove data when a program is no longer on your computer. The reason for this is because if the program is installed by a rogue installer and for some reason you do not have Automatic Blocking activated, you still have an entry for the program in the Blocked Programs list. You can always remove the program yourself by first allowing the program and then highlighting it on the Internet Programs tab and selecting Clear Data.