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Stop program from connecting to the internet

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Is there anyway to stop certain programs from connecting to the internet?
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The only way I know, is to use a firewall program that monitors outgoing traffic (I believe that the Windows XP version only monitors incoming traffic).
I don't have any programs that try to phone home so I don't use any PC firewall software - my router takes care of the incoming traffic - that and AntiVir for other pests.
you could install zone alarm
Thanks to all that replied. I will try to use the zone alarm mentioned.
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