To Block "Visual Studio Background Download" = backgrounddownload.exe which tries to connect to Internet From Different Folders.

  • Some How Finding Internet is Present (Through Host Process For Windows Services?)
  • Creating Different Folders @ΔT>30 Min Intervals and There is Always a Popup from
    Glasswire to Allow this Executable to Connect to Internet
    So that even though I Block it One Time It Again Asks Next Time and Next and so on…

Q) To Block Same Application-NAME Trying To Connect From Different Folders
(Visual Studio might be Intelligently Auto-Creating This Executable In Different Folders)
BLOCKING RULE: Block Based on “Name Match Only” Rather than “Path & Name Match”


Thanks for your feedback.

It’s a bit dangerous to allow apps by name, because someone can call their app “exporer.exe” and it can do whatever it wants. Maybe we can consider doing this by signed certificates or something like that instead.

Does this app backgrounddownload.exe have a signed certificate? Or would this make no difference with your issue?

I want to be able to Block(Not Allow) backgrounddownload.exe by its name …

Any way is acceptable: {File Executable Checksum, CheckSum CRC Size of Code, address of Entry Point, …}

—> It wouldn’t make any difference to my issue

The Only Irritation is
Glasswire Repeately asks @ΔT>30 Min Intervals whether to block backgrounddownload.exe which tries to connect to internet from different folders

I have the same problem, except I want to allow “Visual Studio Background Download”. New executables with this name are very regularly created, and I’m getting a bit tired of manually allowing them access (plus, it clutters up the Firewall overview). These files are digitally signed by Microsoft Corporation, so that might be a viable approach to the problem. More generally, it might perhaps be nice to be able to allow/block access to all software signed by a certain company (I’m mostly thinking of Microsoft Windows, so I don’t have to manually allow access to all Windows components).


It is on our “to do” list to allow apps signed by certain companies. I agree! The firewall view depends on how the software works. Some software updates and only keeps one icon/name on the firewall, while others change it up a lot. I agree it can be frustrating sometimes with some applications.

@Ken_GlassWire You guys should have a look at Agnitum’s Outpost Pro and see how they did it. That was truly a brilliant software firewall. Surely it can provide ideas and inspiration - such as their Entertainment mode.

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We will check it out, thanks! Looks like they were shut down and are out of business though? I’ll see what I can find online.

@Ken_GlassWire Yes. They were purchased by Yandex several years ago. However, their software firewall was one of the best with numerous features. Built in adblocking, the aforementioned Entertainment Mode, automatic rules/learning (great for new installs and knowing what to automatically trust/allow), anti-malware engines, HIPS based protection, and numerous other great features. I was glad to find Glasswire as it offers some similar functionality.

If you like, I believe I still have their final installer, though it should also be available online such as at TechSpot.

Please know this is not criticism, rather a humble request to help Glasswire grow into a truly great firewall that will easily outclass others.


Thanks, I will check it out. Also you can message me in the forum privately by clicking on my name here.