User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update


Glasswire is one of my favourite finds of the year.  It shows you how much internet traffic your computer is producing, both inbound and outbound, and it shows you precisely which programs or services are generating it.  It's great for tracking down slow connections, and very useful if you suspect that a certain program is sending or receiving more data than it should be.  And unlike similar technically-oriented programs, this one is simple to use.  It looks good too.

Since I first mentioned Glasswire in this column, there's been a handful of useful updates and bug fixes, as well as some work on making the menus clearer.  So if you haven't tried Glasswire yet, now is a good time.  If you're a seasoned user, uninstall it and get the latest version.  You'll not regret it.

You can get Glasswire from and the download is around 16 MB.  It should work on all recent versions of Windows, and is malware-free according to Web of Trust and VirusTotal.  It's definitely one for the toolbox, to be filed under "you never know when you might need it".



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Oh I know that, what happens is that when I am in an area where I am paying for WIFI, I want to know what programs on my laptop are consuming my bandwidth.
Usage Note: To block connections in the Firewall section simply click on the Fire icon to the left of the Program name. Not everyone seems to get it in the first look.

Absolutely love this, it's what I've been waiting for forever!
Now all I need is a similar tool to measure disk activity....

NetWorx it's also one of the best network and bandwidth monitoring tools. NetWorx is also freeware software, and provide many function of network tools.
Here is the more website of NetWorx software:

It doesn't seem to show usage by program like GlassWire does?

I note that the download is explicitly designated as "Version 1.0.30 beta", so it would seem the developers intend on any number of future fixes, patches and improvements.

Superantispyware Pro finds a Trojan called "Adware.Vundo/Variant-Tiny.Process" during installation. It quarantined a file called Fontname.dll. Glasswire seems to run fine without it.
MS Security Essentials saw nothing.
This is on Win7 Home 64 on a VirtualBox VM. Once Fontname.dll is removed the scan comes up clean. See C:\Windows\Tmp\NSEB981.Tmp\Fontname.dll.

Adware.Vundo/Variant-Tiny.Process GlasWire has no adware present in it's installer. Make sure you downloaded the product from the homesite, and not from other sources.

Yes, it came from the official site via Rob Schifreen's links. Maybe a false positive. The bell rang so I reported it.

Excellent forensic tool which complements anti-malware suites.
The authors were quite helpful when I had some installation issues.
Suggestion: add a batch file to start and stop the GlassWire service, e.g.

net start GlassWire
"C:\Program Files (x86)\GlassWire\GlassWire.exe"
net stop GlassWire

Works on Windows 7 or newer (no Vista, XP, etc)
Does not support Windows server edition but some users in the forums have hacked it in.

Where this program would be useful is on a laptop using a wifi.
You've got the wrong idea my friend. It's not for monitoring the wireless networks around.