Protect Your Privacy On P2P With Peer Guardian 2

Kyle Judkins 26-01-2009

Do you love the fact that some organizations try to track your downloading behavior? Well, I personally like my privacy, and I’m sure that most people around the Internet like their privacy as well.

There are several articles on MakeUseOf about increasing your browsing privacy like this one on Chrome, and this one on Firefox Completely Secure: 11 Must-Have Firefox Addons For Security Think about the browser you're using to view this article right now. Is it safe? Is it secure? You'd be surprised by those answers. Read More . Only the other day, Jeffry talked about a privacy app called JAP Cover Your Tracks on The Internet & Stay Anonymous with JAP Read More which can help you to maintain your privacy on the web. Privacy is VERY important.

Peer Guardian 2 is an IP blocker that will increase your privacy when you are downloading on any type of P2P network. Peer Guardian 2 is available for download on Windows, Linux and OS X. It is an extremely easy software to use that runs in the background of your OS and starts up with your computer.

How It Works

Peer Guardian 2 protects your privacy by blocking IPs while you are downloading from your favorite P2P network. It knows which IPs to block, because it comes with several IP lists of known IP offenders. These lists are updated just about every day in order to keep up with any new or changing IP addresses.

Peer Guardian 2 doesn’t get in the way of any of your other programs, as it lives in your tray or behind all of your other applications. It also doesn’t hog up all your resources while running in the background.

IP Lists

These lists aren’t just limited to anti-P2P IP addresses. You can also block ad, spyware, government and educational IPs. These all come from pre-built lists that are updated just about daily as IPs are changed.

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You can also create your own list. This list might come from other sources or from a buddy “in the know.” Either way, Peer Guardian makes it incredibly easy to add additional lists to your already robust IP list.

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Using Peer Guardian 2

The best thing about Peer Guardian 2 is that you don’t really have to interact with it except to check for updates. You can pop up your window and watch in real-time all the IPs getting blocked. There is a hard to describe feeling that comes over you watching IP after IP getting rejected from your computer. It makes me feel a little more in control.

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Peer Guardian 2 is an effective tool for increasing your privacy while downloading from P2P websites around the Internet. However, don’t think it is the perfect solution, as such a thing does not exist. It only does as it advertises. But the risks of using P2P networks are still there.

Can you recommend any similar P2P privacy tools?

Related topics: Download Management, Online Privacy, Peer to Peer.

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  1. johanna
    December 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Can someone help me with updating peer guardian 2? I keep getting an error and have tried a few things with no results, and i got an email from my service provider, so kinda nervous now.

    • Nicbot
      December 22, 2009 at 8:10 am

      Peerguardian 2 is unfortunately old news. Peerblock picks up where it left off and has done a wonderful job imo. Supports Vista and W7 x64 too!!

      Get on it!

  2. daniel
    October 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    hi if i download from rapid share will peer guardian protect me or is it useless

  3. sliced
    October 9, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    for vista and windows 7 you should use PeerBlock. It's the same program but is updated and is digitally signed.

  4. Frank
    September 3, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Lose that giant .log file by creating a text doc on your desktop > save as: (whatever it's called).log > paste it into the Program File folder > replace it when asked. Opening and deleting the body/text is often not an option due to the sheer size of these monsters.

    I've used PG in concert with Protowall for years now (I also utilize BLM & now Peerblock)with stellar results. PG is great at stopping outbound packets, while PW is much better at blocking inbound.

    Learn to configure your firewall properly, incorporate block lists when applicable, get behind a router (hard-firewall) if not already, keep those lists up to date.

    Also, if you're having trouble running any of these in Vista - try to run in "compatibility mode" it will often help.

  5. TheOverWhelming
    August 3, 2009 at 5:42 am

    It works with Vista 64bit, you just got to google a few things. I have Vista 64bit and PG2, Vista likes to disable not digitally signed drivers.

  6. ian
    May 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Yeah it doesn't do any good if the 3rd party say, FOX intentionally releases a movie like say, Wolverine working print and then sits on the torren themselves to get IP's so they can sue and make millions and still get killer ticket sales because of all the publicity. They are just collecting IP's by the hundreds of thousands. Well that's my theory anyway.

    But yeah they can get IP's simply by downloading the torrent themselves.

  7. PG2 Useless
    April 8, 2009 at 7:39 am

    PG is actually quite useless against stopping companies discovering you IP address and tracking down your ISP for ban. PG can only stop MPAA and others from hacking ur box. Trust me PG didn't stop me from getting nicked in only 15mins after I started a torrent (UT3) I got a blocked by my ISP. Couldn't believe it... The only way to aviod detection as I have now found out is through secure
    VPN services, unfortunatly most good one's cost money.

    • Versatile
      October 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

      In these cases, some would say that a private torrent site like torrentleech may help, as you need to be a member in order to download. What are chances MPAA or BSA or other has a torrentleech account? :0

  8. lavis
    March 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Yes peerguardian does support 64-bit Vista I've been running it for months.

    You can't download the client they have on their website you have to go to their forums where they have a beta client for vista 64-bit users. The client will require you to do some tweaks all outlined in the thread.

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    • Nicbot
      March 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

      Seen this... 'some tweaks' is an under statement.

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      This is unacceptable IMO.

      Minus the tweaks, it's still unstable. The one thing I don't want my IP filter to do is to go down in the middle of the night :/

      Azureus/Vuze has a built in Blocklist manager which seems to work fine. IMO this works much better on Vista 64 than PG2, especially using the classic interface.

      Vuze is a bit heavier on the system, but the hit definitely out weighs all the system tweaks needed to get pg2 on v64 running. I mean, booting to 'without driver signing' every time...maybe if torrents and PG2 is all my machine was for.

      No thanks.

  9. nick
    January 27, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Great Post!

    this sounds great, I have my Windows Home Server running my p2p stuff, so I guess I'd need to run peer gaurdian as a service on that. hopefully updating the block lists would then be as simple as copying a file to a folder on the WHS. Would be very interested in hearing if anyone else is using this in that way?


    • Nicbot
      January 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

      Updating blocklists in pg2 is even simpler than that. You just feed it the blocklist host url and it will auto update at said intervals.

      You can feed it as many as you like too without using a blocklist manager. PG2 is an amazing app. I just wish they could get it to work with Vista 64 already /sigh

      • nick
        January 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

        Cool, but I wouldn't want to have to log into(RDP) WHS everytime I wanted to update the blocklist. To meet my needs it would need to either automatically load a block list from a given folder, like utorrent can load torrent files or have a WHS console front end. Of course if it could just update automatically that would be perfect. Anybody know if devlopment is still ongoing with this app? Perhaps PG3 could have some new features like this.


        • Nicbot
          January 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

          Ongoing but slow. If you're even a medium P2P user, you NEED something like this imo.

          If you want to get a more advanced blocklist manager scope this:

          That will allow you to gather multiple lists into one file separate from PG2. You can then just point PG2 at that file. The interface is a little kluge, but it serves it's purpose. Blocklists can also be found at bluetack.

          Good luck!

        • Versatile Ninja
          January 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm

          I don't know about WHS in particular, but I do know that PG2 does have an autoupdate feature. Tell it to update daily, every other day, once a week, or whatever you want it to do.

        • SandyP
          January 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm

          Once we received a warning from our ISP for downloading some new English movies. With this program, can I download movies and still my ISP can not track my traffic??

        • nicbot
          January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm

          It's usually not your ISP who is doing the tracking, but they hold all of the data needed to prosecute.

          Usually your ISP will receive a warning from a 3rd party tracking company on behalf of say HBO. They'll warn that said IP address (insert your IP address here) belongs to the ISP and that it is in violation of copyright infringement blah blah blah.

          Your ISP will then either forward the letter with a warning of some sort or just a warning to you.

          To answer your question, no. PG2 will not block your ISP from tracking what you do, but it will (as best it can) block the 3rd party company(s) from tracking you.

          Good luck! And remember it's not a 100% safe downloading solution. It's just another layer of security in your favor.

  10. Mr. Chopper
    January 27, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Another big thing (literally) to watch out for is the history log file in the PeerGuardian directory of "Program Files". If you don't keep a check on this, you can find yourself rapidly losing disk space and wondering why.

    Having not deleted or checked the history file for over a year, mine was over 4 gigs!

    • Dolly Grover
      November 22, 2009 at 12:07 am

      and how do you clean this history file?

  11. Marco
    January 27, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Does it already support VISTA? Last time I checked it didn’t support VISTA :-(

    • Versatile Ninja
      January 27, 2009 at 11:15 am

      I think I did get PG2 to work in Vista, 32 bit version (is easiest). They do have a Vista client.

      Even better, the same client works great in 32 bit Windows 7 beta!!!! I tried it on the 64-bit version, but I couldn't get it to work properly.

      • Nicbot
        January 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm

        32 yes 64 no :/


  12. imdragon
    January 27, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I've been using PeerGuardian for almost 2 years now and it works like it says it does. The only thing that I have to keep on eye on is that sometimes after I update the lists (which is almost every day) is that I have to check to see if it blocks Google (when I'm downloading my email via Outlook) to allow it. Other than that it's not a big deal.

  13. Versatile Ninja
    January 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I have been using peerguardian since I ever started with P2P. Remember, the ipblock list is only as good as your source.

    I love to go to for the latest lists to integrate into PG2.