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How to monitor your software (exe) network activity?

Chappy

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In other words, How to know where a program software/EXE is trying to connect or communicate throughout the internet?

Example is I have this downloaded suspicious (exe) software that is clean in all virus scanners incl virustotal but when I execute it there's a possibility that its inconspicuously connecting/communicating in the internet. How can I monitor its network activity to where its communicating? Websites or ip addresses its trying to connect to.

Everyone knows windows firewall is useless... :rolleyes:
So I'm going to block it through hosts.
 
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http://www.softperfect.com/

Try their free personal firewall. It's a good start to your problem.

If you want more control, try comodo firewall (also free)
 

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If you're just packet sniffing, Wireshark is the best, free one available. You'll just have to set a filter up in there to look for specific ports and, if possible, applications.

Beware that packets are largely composed of binary data. You're not going to be able to make heads or tails of most of it without extensive research.
 

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http://www.softperfect.com/

Try their free personal firewall. It's a good start to your problem.

If you want more control, try comodo firewall (also free)
Comodo is a good one but I liked zone alarm more because of its simplicity and very user-friendly interface.

If you're just packet sniffing, Wireshark is the best, free one available. You'll just have to set a filter up in there to look for specific ports and, if possible, applications.

Beware that packets are largely composed of binary data. You're not going to be able to make heads or tails of most of it without extensive research.
Oh No, not packet sniffing. That would indeed 'not going to be able to make heads or tails of most of it without extensive research.'

Thanks guys... :D