Anything you would recommend for x64? Almost all relevant software I have seen will only run Windows 7 32-bit.
I have already looked at ZoneAlarm, not really what I am after. What I was looking at was software such as Blumental's iNet Protector (see http://www.blumentals.net/inetprot/tour.php?id=4here
) or Gearbox's Internet Access Controller (see http://www.gearboxcomputers.com/products/internet-access-controller/index.htmlhere
) that act as a simple on/off switch, and give exceptions.
I would use Windows Firewall, because it does exactly what I want, except it doesn't have rule order processing (i.e. deny takes precendence over allow, rather than 'apply rule 1, then rule 2 ...' as other firewall iterations allow.
Really stagging what is actively always connected to the internet when I installed Zonealarm, I got prompted for about 15 programmes all connecting (GoogleUpdate, Acrobe Updater, Audible Audiobook Download Manager ...... ). I hate to think of the trickle effect that would have over 30 days.