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Peergaurdian

Hey everyone i would like to request peergaurdian for conversion to portable app
its free and opensource there is a sourcecode download at the site
http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/
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On Windows and Mac OS X, PeerGuardian uses a driver to queue all incoming and outgoing connections. Connections are checked for their status in the blocklist using a binary search.

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Admin Only

Something like peerguardian will only work if you have admin rights on a given PC. In which case, you may just as well install it.

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Why install on multiple machines?

WIth the release of utorrent portable, I think this would be a solid addition. For those of us that prefer portable apps because we roam from machine to machine, this would be good to have. I have a laptop, a desktop, a media server, so I would like to have it run on whatever machine I'm on. Portable apps are about convienence for me. I have the apps on my key so I simply have to move the key machine to machine and almost all my apps and their settings go with me.

That being said, PeerGaurdian would be a nice addition.

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And again

Peerguardian is more an OS-level component. It requires a driver to be INSTALLED... as in installed on the LOCAL PC, which requires admin rights. There is NO way around that. So, all a portable app could do is install and uninstall the driver on each PC.

So, you may as well just install it yourself rather than installing it and uninstalling it all the time.

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An Idea Emerges

If the user can't install the driver without admin rights, then why not make a program that is some kind of local proxy (as is Tor, to my understanding). Users can direct internet traffic through the Portable PeerGuardian program getting the IP blocking benefits.

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PeerGuardian Lite

You could make PeerGuardian Lite portable. Although I'm not sure how the updating works on that since it has no GUI, just a tray icon. You would probably have to keep the lists up to date by yourself.

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It still has to install a

It still has to install a driver...it just doesnt have the GUI
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Pointless

Without the driver, PeerGuardian has no functionality.

If it were a utility for admins to use, it might make sense, but PeerGuardian is a PC-specific app.

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Just install it on each

Just install it on each computer you use (where you have permission to do so) and include only the most liberal blocklist, and of course allow HTTP so it doesn't interfere with the host PC. The only problem is it blocks things like Second Life and World of Warcraft by default for some reason. We got the WoW trial like they advertise, and it took us the entire week to figure out it was PeerGuardian, not our hardware firewall, that was blocking us.

Still, I think PG is among the most important pieces of security software you can have. Antivirus and antispyware are still important, but where antivirus came first and then antispyware, PeerGuardian is the new important piece. All three are mostly essential. Well, you can do without PG if you don't use any P2P stuff, but if you do, it is a must.

Anyway, couldn't you just import the block lists into the HOSTS file, or are they not compatible? Sure, I bet that requires admin access as well, but it's less intrusive. And you'd have to update manually.

Also, some P2P apps include IP blocking that offers similar protection, just not at the OS level.

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