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Just changed two rules in Windows Firewall to blocked and it appears to no longer send anything. https://i.imgur.com/a5yu5vb.png

Wondering if I should go through all the Windows stuff there and turn them off. Edit: just did (except for Edge and obvious internet related stuff).

Is there a way to change Firewall rules with a registry tweak? That would be the ideal way to distribute this.

Use Powershell: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj554843%28v=wps...

You can get the rules and enable/disable them easily.



> New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Search" -Direction Outbound -Action Block -Profile "Domain, Private, Public" -Program "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe"

in elevated Powershell should work.

Please note that the manifest id above (cw5n1h2txyewy) may change if they update the app rendering the rule invalid.

That looks to be a publisher id in use since Windows 8.

I'm not sure it is universally consistent with that. I saw it change for a Metro app in Windows 8.1.

You can use "netsh advfirewall firewall" commands to view rules. And you can use "netsh exec" to execute a script to modify rules. Unfortunately the "dump" command is not implemented, so there is some work involved to turn the "show rule" output into a script.


FYI jug5: it looks like you've been shadow banned for some time now.

Sorry for the useless comment that he may not see. I just hate seeing this.

I'd hate seeing it too if this was the result of 1-2 bad comments or a mistake but a quick look through this poster's history shows their "contribution" is hardly better than spam.

Things like:

> No. Way. Everything big business does is for the greater good of man. Not for their own bottom line. Who are you vegetables? [0]

> Why don't you just... Exercise? [1]

> No shit. [2]

> Thanks for that captain obvious [3]

> Hope you go away forever chairman Pao. [4]

> Have you heard women talk? [5]

And many more you can read for yourself. Being shadow banned sucks, no doubt, but this poster is obviously not contributing anything of worth to this site. It was just under a year ago that they appear to have been shadow banned for the last comment and nothing of any real value has been submitted since. So while I'd normally hate seeing this I can't help but think this is exactly what the system was put in place to do. The poster is free to create a new account and try to follow the rules and and realize this isn't reddit.

[0] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10031953

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10031725

[2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9954209

[3] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9915459

[4] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9866755

[5] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8874811

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