Programs being blocked from internet

When I try to run certain programs like Anki or Second Life that need access to the internet they're blocked with no message from windows, I've tried deactivating windows firewall and other security programs but I always get the same thing. I've tried creating rules for windows firewall that allow my programs to access the internet but it makes no difference. I know it's not my router or ISP because other computers in my house that use the same connection work fine. Please help me as it's very frustrating for me. Thanks, J.


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The first thing I would do is run Malwarebytes just to make sure the problem isn't caused by malware.

Also check you Lan setting in internet options from the tools drop-down in your browser.
It should be set to Automatic.

Try running the programs by right clicking on them and selecting run as administrator.

You can also try and use the Take Ownership option on the .exe files and see if that helps.


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