ProtoWall 2.01 Build 9 Beta for Windows

by Dudez

Avg. Rating 3.8 (45 votes)

File Details

File Size 2.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 19,820
Publisher Dudez
Homepage ProtoWall

Publisher's Description

Protowall is a lightweight program that runs in the background, taking up little CPU and memory, while blocking thousands of bad IP addresses. All the work is done by the driver that filters each packet, extracts the IP header and then compares the address with the ones in the table, then either discards or permits the packet to pass. The GUI is essentially a "driver instructor" that communicates to the driver the IP list to check against. The GUI also receives notifications from the driver when a packet arrives and when actions are performed with a packet. It Blocks both inbound and outbound packets. It blocks incoming packets from Internet addresses that are on the Bluetack Blacklists. This is handled by another program called the Blocklist Manager. This program finds and retrieves lists of bad IP addresses. They are sorted (overlapping resolved) and then converted to various formats such as Protowall, PeerGuardian & other common applications and firewalls.

Latest Reviews

Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on Jun 3, 2006

So happy it's still under dev... love this program. For christ sakes, for people having problems installing it, they made a VIDEO just for you dum suma biches. Quit b****ing, once you get the driver working protowall works beautifully.

Video is here:
http://www.bluetack.co.u...sh/Protowall_flash.html

zaga

zaga reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

I love this tool. This and PG2.

Keep the internet free.

Call your congressman and force him vote against the COPE bill!

http://www.savetheinternet.com/

ArabianNight

ArabianNight reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

This + PG2 = FREEDOM

robertguda

robertguda reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

notwithstanding not being able to get it to run, (followed all the steps on the homepage faq) I gather it a very usefull program. i took refugee in peer guardian that worked flawlessly since first install. the possibility to download prefabbed blacklists is Godsend as is the experience of thousands of other users on their respective programs homepage. a very welcome & needed addition to using a firewall.

(one day later)
installed it on my dual xeon server and no problem. up and running. my other machine is an amd64, maybe i've got some issues there. in any case worthwhile trying out and using !

trebor

trebor reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

Since my firewall is a swiss cheese (SKPW) as far as IP blocking is concerned, i've been using an IP specific blocking app. Tried this one a few times, but failed to install or had CPU hogging problems....nevertheless worth a re-try as the present blocker does not allow hit counting.

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 28, 2006

Advertised as working on Windows Server 2003, however I have never had it successfully install and/or work on any system with any type of install, with various service packs. I've tried 2.0 throughout various beta releases and they never go.

Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 9, 2006

This program does what it's supposed to, no need giving it a bad rating because you 'think' you don't need it. It takes up VERY little resources (unlike Peerguardian), and this version is much more stable than the last (hense no driver bug).

And by the way, you can edit the IP filter so it doesn't block certain sites you visit. You can do this manually or if you're like me and you always want the most up-to-date blocklist use Bluetack's Blocklist Manager, and delete your used ranges from there.

As of today mine's blocking 2,893,411,942 known IPs in 173,721 ranges. Gotta love it.

RootWebGod

RootWebGod reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 8, 2006

For its intended use, I think this is a great application.

This allows you to filter unwanted communication with addresses for any peer-to-peer application that may or may not have IP filtering built in.

While not in a P2P application, you could use a less restrictive set of IP filter rules for general Internet usage.

Overall I think it is a great software application and I'm happy there is finally an update for it!

Blue Joker

Blue Joker reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 8, 2006

Well,
a program that works and is fine
and Absolutely useless...
There's no reason to block any ip range ,
P2P Applications which have an Ipfilter built inside
make this job and avoid the unfair connections
just for P2P connections .
Why Should I Block A DoD Ip , be freezed in the simply action to see a DoD site ?
This program is only a glass of water...
a fine glass of water.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 8, 2006

Wow, finally a real update. Figured this project was dead and all, seeing as there is now Peer Guardian 2.

Avg. Rating 3.8 (45 votes)
Your Rating
Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on Jun 3, 2006

So happy it's still under dev... love this program. For christ sakes, for people having problems installing it, they made a VIDEO just for you dum suma biches. Quit b****ing, once you get the driver working protowall works beautifully.

Video is here:
http://www.bluetack.co.u...sh/Protowall_flash.html

zaga

zaga reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

I love this tool. This and PG2.

Keep the internet free.

Call your congressman and force him vote against the COPE bill!

http://www.savetheinternet.com/

ArabianNight

ArabianNight reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

This + PG2 = FREEDOM

robertguda

robertguda reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

notwithstanding not being able to get it to run, (followed all the steps on the homepage faq) I gather it a very usefull program. i took refugee in peer guardian that worked flawlessly since first install. the possibility to download prefabbed blacklists is Godsend as is the experience of thousands of other users on their respective programs homepage. a very welcome & needed addition to using a firewall.

(one day later)
installed it on my dual xeon server and no problem. up and running. my other machine is an amd64, maybe i've got some issues there. in any case worthwhile trying out and using !

trebor

trebor reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 29, 2006

Since my firewall is a swiss cheese (SKPW) as far as IP blocking is concerned, i've been using an IP specific blocking app. Tried this one a few times, but failed to install or had CPU hogging problems....nevertheless worth a re-try as the present blocker does not allow hit counting.

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v2.01 Build 9 Beta on May 28, 2006

Advertised as working on Windows Server 2003, however I have never had it successfully install and/or work on any system with any type of install, with various service packs. I've tried 2.0 throughout various beta releases and they never go.

Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 9, 2006

This program does what it's supposed to, no need giving it a bad rating because you 'think' you don't need it. It takes up VERY little resources (unlike Peerguardian), and this version is much more stable than the last (hense no driver bug).

And by the way, you can edit the IP filter so it doesn't block certain sites you visit. You can do this manually or if you're like me and you always want the most up-to-date blocklist use Bluetack's Blocklist Manager, and delete your used ranges from there.

As of today mine's blocking 2,893,411,942 known IPs in 173,721 ranges. Gotta love it.

RootWebGod

RootWebGod reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 8, 2006

For its intended use, I think this is a great application.

This allows you to filter unwanted communication with addresses for any peer-to-peer application that may or may not have IP filtering built in.

While not in a P2P application, you could use a less restrictive set of IP filter rules for general Internet usage.

Overall I think it is a great software application and I'm happy there is finally an update for it!

Blue Joker

Blue Joker reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 8, 2006

Well,
a program that works and is fine
and Absolutely useless...
There's no reason to block any ip range ,
P2P Applications which have an Ipfilter built inside
make this job and avoid the unfair connections
just for P2P connections .
Why Should I Block A DoD Ip , be freezed in the simply action to see a DoD site ?
This program is only a glass of water...
a fine glass of water.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v2.01 Build 7 Beta on Apr 8, 2006

Wow, finally a real update. Figured this project was dead and all, seeing as there is now Peer Guardian 2.

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v2.00 Build 2007 Beta on Dec 21, 2005

Tried this as an alternative to Peerguardian, since Peerguardian was limited in options (or at least, so I thought). Big mistake on my part... the software is buggy and can't run for more than a few days without BSOD whereas Peerguardian can run for months without problems. Prone to weird bugs as well.

Aires

Aires reviewed v2.00 Build 2007 Beta on Jul 9, 2005

When this actually _installs_ without me having to manually register anything and piss about setting this that and the other - _then_ I'll start using it. And it only gets one star from me because it supposedly works for some people. Otherwise I'd give it zero!

techie_G33k

techie_G33k reviewed v2.00 Build 2007 Beta on Jul 18, 2004

I had to submit them it fix the download link when I first tried to get it, but after i got it and took a few min to get it installed (kicks Windows XP for being a pain during this part), it started up and block a Microsoft communication right off the bat.
So far it's running great and I run it side-by-side with SyGate 5.5 Free w/o any problems so far :-)

protowall

protowall reviewed v2.00 Build 2007 Beta on Jul 16, 2004

1. If its messing with your LAN, don't you think its obvious you have LAN/IANA rules in your blocklist? Removing those will no longer mes with your LAN.

2. You do NOT need to register to simply download ProtoWall, only if you want technical support. Its free and unless you are severly lazy, takes just a few minutes to register.

3. Its beta software, as such the GUI is just an example, it can be changed. Port 80 bypass probably won't be included as its a security risk. We are working on another option for web browsing.

Axmonkey

Axmonkey reviewed v2.00 Build 2007 Beta on Jul 16, 2004

I have to register to DL a beta copy of this program? Ah...no...

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