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How to Install and Configure Peer Guardian

PeerGuardian is an open source IP filter that is designed to block the IP addresses of certain organizations and corporations that may wish to invade a users privacy while using the Internet and peer-to-peer file sharing networks. The following tutorial shows how to set up PeerGuardian 2 for use p2p file sharing software like Utorrent and limewire.

You need this program if you do a lot of downloading of music, tv shows, movies, etc using torrents or other peer to peer programs to aquire such files.

Your internet provider and other government task forces monitor for such traffic and can prosecute if they catch you downloading illegal files.

First download the application and save it to somewhere like your desktop for easy access. Once installed you can delete the download package.

Begin by double clicking on the PeerGuardian Install Icon (the file you downloaded)

Begin the installation process by clicking “Next”.


Read and Accept the License Agreement to continue.

Click “Next” to continue.

Click “Next” to install PeerGuardian 2 in the default location.

Click “Next” to create the default Start Menu folder.

Place a checkmark in the box next to “Start with Windows” and then click Next to continue.

Click “Install”

The install process takes place.

The installation is complete. Click “Finish” to start PeerGuardian.

Running PeerGuardian 2 For The First Time
Begin the First Time Setup Wizard by clicking “Next”.

Make sure the P2P list is check marked. The P2P Block List contains the addresses of corporations and organizations that scan or monitor peer-to-peer networks. Place a check mark next to “Always Allow HTTP” so that web surfing will not be effected by PeerGuardian. Click “Next” to continue.

Accept the default Automatic Update settings of “Every other day” and check for “PeerGuardian” and “Lists” updates. Click “Next” to continue”.

Click “Finish” to end the First Time Setup Wizard. Updates will be checked automatically and a List Cache will be generated.

Additional Settings

Click on the Settings tab at the top left of the main PeerGuardian 2 window.

Change the first group of settings at the top called “Log Window” to match the picture.
Make sure you remove the check mark from “Show Allowed Connections”.
Showing allowed connections. We don’t want to overload your system.

Change the middle group of settings at the top called “History” to match the picture.
Make sure you remove the check mark from “Log Allowed Connections”.
Again,
We don’t want to overload your system.

Change the bottom group of settings at the top called “Notification” to match the picture.

Click on the “Next” button on the bottom right corner of the window and ensure your settings are the same as the picture below.


Thats it, all done. Now you are supposedly protected from prying eyes as to what you are downloading using programs like UTorrent and Limewire.





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4 Responses to “How to Install and Configure Peer Guardian”

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