I would like to control outbound Internet connections from my computer.
ZoneAlarm can do this, but only works on 32 bit versions of Microsoft Windows.
What options do I have to control outbound connections (e.g. to block access to certain sites or from certain applications or from certain ports) on a 64 bit Windows system, e.g. Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition? Software and/or hardware. Free or commercial.
My router has some primitive way to block certain sites, but I would have to know
them beforehand or in block all by default mode enter every site I want to go to. This is not feasible.
Comodo works on either 32 or 64 bit versions of XP/Vista and you can tweak the firewall to allow certain ports, programs and also what type of packets are sent through.
It does not allow for blocking certain sites though so you may have to look for something else if that’s a deal breaker.
If you do choose to go with it, beware that it’s marked as ad-ware by Softpedia for the install to want to add on optional toolbars and such.
I used to use ZoneAlarm, but after some troubles with it (and Windows shutdown), I’ve moved to Kaspersky Internet Security. It’s pretty configurable, although also quite chatty.
On Vista and Windows 7 you can configure the built-in firewall to do outbound filtering as well.
Maybe Comodo can do that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comodo_Firewall_Pro