How to stop internet access for Adobe Photoshop on Windows 10

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We all use a number of computer programs, where are some of them require access to the internet, and the others do not need that. For example, our web browser needs to have access to the internet, but a small utility that helps us to defragment your hard drive doesn’t need that. But in spite of all that, most programs get access to the internet to show us unnecessary content, and sometimes it can also be useful to update the programs and keep it updated so that our computers do not get vulnerable due to outdated programs on our computer.

But in spite of all that we sometimes need to ensure that certain programs do not have access to the internet, maybe for organizational requirements, or for your personal requirements. Some programs which do not need access to the internet might consume a lot of data, and if you are not on an unlimited data plan, those extra bytes can really wreak havoc on your monthly internet bills. One such program is Adobe Photoshop, which is one of the best professional-level programs for photo editing, but it doesn’t require direct access to the internet for a normal user. Thus, it is a good idea to stop providing internet access to Adobe Photoshop using Windows Firewall.

So, today I will talk about how to block Photoshop on the firewall on Windows 10 so that it cannot access the internet. Let’s get started with the tutorial.

  1. Open ‘Control Panel’ from the start menu.
  2. Click on ‘Windows Defender Firewall’ to open it.

    Stop internet access for Adobe Photoshop through Firewall 20

  3. Now click on ‘Advanced settings’ on the left side of the windows defender firewall.

    Advanced settings

  4. In the new window that opens up, click on ‘Outbound Rules’, and then ‘New Rule…’, on the right side of the window.

    Outbound Rules

  5. We are going to stop Photoshop from accessing the internet, and thus, and thus, we will have to click on choose ‘Program’, and then click on ‘Next’.

    click on choose ‘Program’

  6. Now, click on ‘Browse…’, and navigate to the location where Adobe Photoshop is present, which should be ‘Program Files’ for Adobe Photoshop 64 bit, or ‘Program Files (x86)’ for Adobe Photoshop 32 bit, unless you have changed the default location during the Adobe Photoshop installation.
  7. After that, click on ‘Next’ again.

    navigate to the location where Adobe Photoshop

  8. Now select the option that says ‘Block the connection’, which should be marked by default. Then click on ‘Next’.

    Block the connection

  9. Now, choose all Domain, Private and Public, to stop Internet access for Adobe Photoshop for all types of networks, and click on ‘Next’.

    stop Internet access for Adobe Photoshop

  10. Now, you will have to assign a name to the rule, and you can also add a description to it so that you can understand it later on.
  11. You can give any name to the rule, however, I will recommend you to assign a name that can be easier for you to understand, next time you have a look at all the rules that you have created.

    create a new outbound rule for Adobe photoshop

Now, Adobe Photoshop will no longer have access to the internet, no matter which way you connect. Stopping internet access for Adobe Photoshop might be useful for most users out there, but if you depend on some special services that are delivered by Adobe, like Creative Cloud, internet access will also stop you from getting access to the additional services by Adobe. But that shouldn’t be a big deal for most users out there.

So, that was all about how you can disable internet access for Adobe Photoshop, on Windows 10. Even if you are using a different version of Windows, the process is not going to be a lot different from the one I have mentioned here for Windows 10. Do you have any questions in mind? Feel free to comment on the same below.

Sarbasish Basu
From B.Tech (Hons.) Electronics & Instrumentation Engineer to Photography and Writing blogs; he ultimately has answers to everything. Oh, and he's also quite good in rapidly building a relationship and set up the trust; his articles are proof of that...


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