SoftPerfect NetMaster

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  1. Surt

    Surt Registered Member

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    https://www.softperfect.com/products/netmaster/
    Five user license: $25 USD
     
  2. Rasheed187

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    The GUI ain't even that bad. But I'm already content with WFC and TinyWall, don't need bandwidth management at the moment. ;)
     
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    Installed this to try a random program, found something I've been after for years! A decent traffic meter in the taskbar, I've been through them all and honestly each to me has a major downside but wow this program does it well. I use the small taskbar mode so it's even harder to find one that plays nice but here's what there's currently looks like - https://lolcatho.st/u/img/nuxgw1qi.gif
     
  4. tutman

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    Does Netmaster give you outgoing connection alerts? If so do you know if it pauses the connection while you answer yes or no to allow? Or break the connection and have to retry the program. I am using Netlimiter for now and have another thread on another site asking for any free program that does this feature and seems maybe Comodo is the only one. Netlimiter is ok and maybe not the most secure but I am content with it for now because of this feature.
     
  5. khanyash

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    @tutman

    NetMaster doesn't give you outbound connection alerts.

    GlassWire gives you outbound connection alerts but breaks the connection and have to retry the program.

    Comodo pauses the connection while you answer yes or no to allow like NetLimiter.
     
  6. Surt

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    No. What it does do:
    https://www.softperfect.com/products/netmaster/manual/

    GlassWire's "First network activity" and "Ask to connect" options combo will alert and present an allow or block choice to any application attempting its first connection. Going on six years and currently on five systems, I've encountered on rare occasions this "breaks...have to retry" behavior for some apps where if one waits too long to hit allow, the app times out. If so, hitting allow will write the rule and the app can be restarted with all its connected glory. GW itself will not "break the connection" unless block is selected and rule written; the app can be restarted, but no glory.

    More GW info for interested lurkers:
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/posts/2804423/

    All that said, NetMaster and GlassWire aren't free.
     
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  7. tutman

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    I thought as much! Thanks for info!
     
  8. khanyash

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    I also talked about this with Ken from GlassWire. He replied, "The Windows API we use doesn't do that, but perhaps we can find a way to do so in the future. It depends on the app you are blocking."

    With GlassWire, I have to start the apps twice. First, I click allow, but the apps won't connect. On retry, the apps connect.
     
  9. khanyash

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    Give Comodo a try. It works the way you want. You may like it.
     
  10. tutman

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    I have in the past and may soon again but don't like all the extra running processes and telemetry! (I know it's related to the viruscope and hips and other
    security features but it's very excessive and consumes alot of ram.)
     
  11. Surt

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    His "It depends on the app you are blocking," pretty much mirrors my "for some apps."

    Ken is a tireless member of the GlassWire team in the forum where I used to post up quite a bit. Version 2.1 being out for quite some time, I might be posting up some more once 2.2 comes out, currently in beta. I've about 20 gmails with him over the years, too. Always a fast reply.

    Anyhow, for example when
    c:\programdata\microsoft\windows defender\platform\4.18.2003.8-0\mpcmdrun.exe
    gets updated to
    c:\programdata\microsoft\windows defender\platform\4.18.2004.6-0\mpcmdrun.exe
    I get a "First Network Activity" "Ask To Connect" and hit allow and it's done.

    Conjecture: older or budget systems could have network hardware and drivers not as efficient as newer or premium systems which could hinder the presentation to the user of a seamless, completed process.

    Didn't mean to go so off topic.

    Though I've used SoftPerfect's NetWorx for many years, I don't use NetMaster, so end of discussion for me.

    Cheers.
     
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