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Old 16. Feb 2012, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default PeerBlock does not start automatically for a normal user

Hi all.

I use PeerBlock with Win7 Pro x64. My everyday account is a normal one (no administrator privilege). I use another, administrative account only for installing and the like. I've installed PeerBlock and set it up to start automatically. But it does not start when I log on as a standard user. Trying to figure out why, I saw that PeerBlock is run by the registry key below, set only in administrator profile:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Run]
"PeerBlock"="C:\\Program Files\\PeerBlock\\peerblock.exe"

OK, I've put the same key into my standard user profile. Nothing happens. PeerBlock is not run at all. No log is generated. No UAC screen is shown.

I've tried to start PeerBlock by a scheduled task. It works, but I can't interact at all with the running PeerBlock instance. No icon at notification area. No PeerBlock window if I try to start it manually by clicking its shortcut. I have to kill the process in order to be able to manually run another PeerBlock instance and interact with it.

Can someone help me?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 17. Feb 2012, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One quick solution:

You could create a shortcut for peerblock on your desktop and make it run as admin. But this would require you to run the program manually each time you login.....


Or try using Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit to bypass the UAC prompts:

http://www.ghacks.net/2010/07/08/get...ility-toolkit/
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Old 17. Feb 2012, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One quick solution:

You could create a shortcut for peerblock on your desktop and make it run as admin. But this would require you to run the program manually each time you login.....
I'm doing it for now.

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Or try using Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit to bypass the UAC prompts:

http://www.ghacks.net/2010/07/08/get...ility-toolkit/
Thank you for the reference. I've tried it but it was no good. I've tried even some variations of the instructions, but had no luck. Since I'm trying to start PeerBlock from a standard user account, it always refuses to start or ask for an admin password.

It would be enough to have a (secure) way of passing this password automatically, but the only way a know is by a shceduled task, which has the misbehaviour descripted in the opening post of this thread.

Any other idea?
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Old 18. Feb 2012, 04:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Refer to this thread. They seem to have quite a few workarounds:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...8-f395bf1c519d

Unless you really trust the program, do not allow it to bypass the UAC.
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Old 29. Feb 2012, 03:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If you open the start menu and type in run, then type in MSCONFIG. This will open a dialog with all the programs running at startup. Scroll till you find Peerblock and then tick the autorun box.

Email me if you have any more issues
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Refer to this thread. They seem to have quite a few workarounds:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...8-f395bf1c519d

Unless you really trust the program, do not allow it to bypass the UAC.
People have used Perrblock for years, including me. The only things this program can do are to mask your ip adress and give you options to make a fake one.

If you have a good antivirus program, Peerblock is fine and even without antivirus it is secure.
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