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PeerBlock

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PeerBlock is an advanced IP blocking utility. In plain words, it lets you control how your PC interacts with other computers over the Internet, letting you block servers and sites known to be troublesome or even dangerous. It lets you choose what to block, and you can also import or create your own lists. PeerBlock is open source freeware maintained by the PeerBlock project.

When you first run PeerBlock, a wizard helps you set up its options, though you can change them later. These include what you want to block; by default, PeerBlock blocks anti-P2P organizations, ads, spyware, and educational institutions and universities. There's also a checkbox labeled Always Allow HTTP. This option always enables connections over ports 80 and 443 of your PC, even if they're on your blocklist. These two ports are usually for Web browsing, but other programs access them, too. If you're starting to feel your head spin, don't worry! Each step includes a paragraph-long Recommendation explaining your options. If you need more help, the online User Guide and other documentation have it. But we quickly set up PeerBlock's update scheduler and other options and clicked Finish. PeerBlock immediately downloaded an updated list of known threats and troublemakers, displaying the data in the program's simple interface. While PeerBlock's face is one only a developer could love, we appreciate its logical layout and efficient control suite. PeerBlock's interface has two tabs, Protection and Settings, with the Settings tab stretching over two pages. Right-clicking PeerBlock's system tray icon opens its main console; left-clicking it opens a context menu with instant access to Enable and Disable controls, allow HTTP options, basic but useful controls like always on top, and support. If we changed our blocked list, PeerBlock automatically updated its settings and downloaded the latest correct definitions.

Of course, most of the time you won't be aware that PeerBlock is doing its thing, but if you need convincing, just activate it and browse to some perfectly ordinary sites, like major media sites. Then simply check PeerBlock's log view to watch servers trying to slip ads under your eyes. Highly recommended.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product"

    October 20, 2013  |   By mishmosh

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    blocks questionable sites
    user lists

    Cons

    overly aggressive sometimes

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, Helpful Program"

    August 25, 2013  |   By fuknie1

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    Blocks unwanted trackers...Keeps tracing to a minimum, but it's not the be all end all to blocking your IP address. It will keep you 100x safer than using nothing, but it's not a proxy server

    Cons

    blocks some websites when there's no need to

    Summary

    Obviously some can't read the download information and just keep clicking on next...adware? Simply pay attention when you're installing and you won't have a problem opting out of their sponsors

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does it's job, no adware"

    August 24, 2013  |   By eminwi

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    Blocks what it's made to block. Adware is optional during the installation, so make sure you read before clicking accept. They should call it "moronware" instead of adware.

    Cons

    You're still on the internet, so you're never 100% protected.

    Summary

    Good low-maintenance IP blocker with no real downfalls.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Decent execution, just stupid adware."

    June 17, 2013  |   By beccaisapunk

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    It appears to do it's job. blocking unwanted trackers. it's pretty spooky, I found some anti p2p organizations lurking on me which is really uncool but luckily it blocked them. to all the people [i saw at least one person saying comcast still "nailed" them, I'm pretty sure that has little to do with trackers and more to do with the fact it's really hard to eliminate the fact that the internet company unless you're using a vpn is going to know what you're looking at. if you're that concerned switch providers.

    Cons

    adware. it installed like 3 programs that weren't viruses i'm pretty sure, just stupid adware which i DID NOT agree to and it took me a little bit to remove them.

    Summary

    all in all i mean it's a good thing to have if you torrent things, or just like being private.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "does what needed"

    May 10, 2013  |   By Karts22

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    works
    no noticeble speed drop

    Cons

    adding to whitelist is a little annoying

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome protection when used for what it was made for"

    December 19, 2012  |   By Symbiot911

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    Blocks the stinking government spies, "over the top" anti-pirating/ anti-p2p spies, advertising spamming computers and a whole lot more. There are multiple 'lists' that you can add to the standard lists that come with the program. Peerblock updates the 'lists' every day or when you choose. If you are unable to access a site, Peerblock will flash in the taskbar and you can manually choose to allow http for the time values given or add the site as an exception, or simply elect to allow http, in which case, the icon will turn from blue to yellow to inform you that the program is effectively not running and blocking known bad addresses. Works perfectly when used appropriately, such as for torrenting.

    Cons

    None that I can think of as far as it's job goes. Maybe it could have a dirty great big sign on it saying, "NOT A FULL ON FIREWALL,USE FOR ENHANCED SECURITY ONLY", just for all those complete and utter idiots and losers out there who have no clue as to what the software they are downloading is actually used for. Then, instead of giving perfectly good programs such as peerblock a really bad rap for doing what it's supposed to do, they can just shut their cake holes and spend some time learning what programs such as Peerblock actually do.

    Summary

    If you are into torrents, don't hesitate to use this awesome tool. It's not the be all and end all of privacy programs, if you want to surf or torrent annonomously the use a proxy server, but at least it's another level of protection that can help keep those spying fools away from our front door.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs Spyware"

    December 11, 2012  |   By Brandon_N-N-N

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    False sense of security

    Cons

    This worthless program bundles with spyware, including programs named Coupon Companion and IB Updater. However, the biggest offender is "Incredibar." It adds a worthless toolbar to IE and Firefox and refuses to uninstall. I googled Incredibar to learn that it's spyware that hijacks your browsers to its advertising. I had chosen "custom install" to make sure to get Peer Block and Peer Block, but instead got this junk forced down my throat. I tried a Windows 7 rollback to a restore point, but that failed to get rid of this crap. Doesn't C-Net check the software here anymore?

    Summary

    Don't even remotely consider installing this spyware/junkware/crapware. If you do, you'll be sorry.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "False sense of security!"

    May 7, 2012  |   By ModelBehavior

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    Only blocks 1/3 of the IP addresses out there at best!

    Cons

    Blocks DHT and UDP addresses, which are necessary for downloading. See BitTorrent "Help" section. I was caught twice using PeerBlock. The program itself has not been upgraded in almost 3 years because the owner has been "lazy," his words, not mine.

    Summary

    Worthless protection! Don't bother. Get a pizza instead.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great IP Blocker!"

    May 1, 2012  |   By SaintlyMic

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    Works great, and has already blocked several IPs.
    Blocked "oversee.net", which I had no idea was lurking on my PC from a past installation I had tried from CNET.
    The program is also blocking over 1,000,000 IP addresses so far.

    Cons

    I have read these reviews and replies, and I hate to see so called "intelligent" people treat other people as if they are idiots just because they don't know that much about this program.

    Summary

    The program is great

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Many many thanx to the makers."

    March 6, 2012  |   By The1980

    Version: PeerBlock 1.1

    Pros

    Blocks many many a-holes.

    Cons

    Many many morons who thinks this is a firewall.

    Summary

    I didn't know there were so many spyware companies/anti-p2p/botnets/campus police trying to block me from happiness untill I got this fine software.

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