OneClickFirewall lets you block or allow Internet access via Context Menu

Understanding Firewalls have been a tough job. A Firewall is that piece of software that acts as a wall between you and the Internet and regulates the internet permissions of other applications. Windows come with a built-in firewall system that can protect you from suspicious programs. Also, you can manually add some applications to the firewall exemptions or permanently block some applications from accessing network. This post talks about a small utility called OneClickFirewall for Windows PC that lets you block and unblock applications from the network instantaneously.

OneClickFirewall for Windows

OneClickFirewall is a small tool available to download for free. The tool has essentially no UI and operates only from the context menu. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the application, you will notice two new entries whenever you right-click an executable file.

The two new items added to the right-click context menu are ‘Block Internet Access’ and ‘Restore Internet Access’. You can simply right click an “exe” file and select a relevant option to allow or block an application from accessing the internet.

The tiny little application makes the task a lot easier. There’ve always been some applications you’ve wanted that they should not access the internet. Now all you need to do is locate the application’s ‘exe’ file (usually in program folder), right click it and select ‘Block Internet Access’ and you are done. Restoring the access is as simple as blocking is.

Block or allow Internet access via Context Menu

For testing purpose, I tried revoking internet permissions on Google Chrome. I just located the ‘chrome.exe’ file in Program Files and blocked its internet access. And the results were as expected. All other applications except Chrome could access the internet as usual and Chrome would show an error.

How does the program work

You might be thinking that the program is a separate firewall program running on top of Windows Firewall. To make this clear, OneClickFirewall is not a separate firewall program. Rather it uses the built-in Windows Firewall to block applications from accessing the internet.

What the program basically does is that it creates a new outbound rule in Windows Firewall. The rule contains the path to the file that is blocked and other relevant details that facilitate the rule.

You can manually check out this rule following these simple steps:

  1. Go to start and search for ‘Windows Firewall’.
  2. Open firewall settings and go to ‘Advanced Settings’.
  3. Now open ‘Outbound Rules’ from the left menu and locate the rule created by OneClickFirewall.

OneClickFirewall is a great little tool. It is indeed a time saver and does its job pretty well. We would have loved the tool more if a simple UI could have been provided. The UI would have made it easier to add and remove programs to the block list rather than locating ‘exe’ files. Also, an option to temporarily disable the program or maintain profiles should be considered in the next updates (if any). Otherwise, the tool works flawlessly well and does what it says.

Click here to download OneClickFirewall.

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.

4 Comments

  1. Jeff

    Or maybe Sordum’s app is a bad imitation of Windows Firewall Control by Sphinx Software. You don’t have to trash one app and compare to promote another one. It looks like you might be the developer at Sordum and cannot stand a competing app’s coverage. Sour grapes? OneClickFirewall does what it claims with simplicity. It is not meant to be a full blown GUI. If you are a fan of complex UIs, use Windows Firewall with Advanced Security MMC snap-in.

  2. Sergey

    I hate to say it, but your comment is nothing but rude insult.
    OneClickFirewall, as clearly stated on its home page, was created for my personal needs to quickly block executables from the right click. It does exactly what it was created for.
    Being a wrapper for a couple commands (again, as stated in its release notes), It doesn’t imitate or compete with any existing app. If you don’t like the app or personally me, nobody force you to use it. It is your right.

    If this comment is a sort of promotion for the Sordum’s app, then it is just bad martketing trick from its impression.

    As mentioned by Jeff below, the Sordum’s app looks like a ripoff of the Sphinx’s Windows Firewall Control.

    Sincerely,
    Sergey,
    Winaero.

  3. Very useful. Thank you, Sergey!

  4. Didit Aji Septiawan

    Easy to use, usefull program,

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