Here it is, PeerBlock 1.2, released January 14, 2014!
This is a Stable Release of PeerBlock. It includes many bugfixes and a couple new features over our last PeerBlock 1.1 Stable Release, and should work great on XP, Vista, 7, and 8+ (plus server variants), both 32- and 64-bit versions. New Stable 1.2.x bugfix releases will come out as/if we need them, but new feature development releases will be PeerBlock 1.3 Beta Releases.
Here are the most important changes present in this new Stable Release, as compared to our previous Stable Release PeerBlock 1.1 (r518).
- Port Allow List - The new "Port Settings" tab allows you to unblock ports (incoming and/or outgoing). This means that PeerBlock will not filter any connections from/to those ports. This can for example be used if you're running PeerBlock on a public FTP server, or if you want to ensure that outgoing SMTP mail communications are never blocked. Many thanks to night_stalker_z for his hard work on this feature!
- First-run Update Message - When you first run PeerBlock after upgrading, you will see a notice explaining why lists are only updating once per week. Hopefully this will help to alleviate people's confusion about this.
- Better Weekly List-Updating - We've made some improvements that should help ensure that free users continue to get their free weekly list-updates.
- I-Blocklist Subscription Settings - To make it easier for you to configure PeerBlock to use an I-Blocklist Subscription, new I-Blocklist Username/PIN fields have been added to the bottom of the "Settings 1" tab.
- Separate Settings Tabs - Instead of having one Settings tab with those silly "Next" and "Prev" buttons on it, we've broken that out into two separate "Settings 1" and "Settings 2" tabs.
- Improved List-Update Error Handling - We've worked with I-Blocklist, who hosts the vast majority of the lists people use, to create improved error messaging for the various problems that may occur when updating lists. If something occurs during update-checking, the error message displayed should be much more meaningful.
- Improved List-update Error Window - Should you hit any errors while updating your lists - 429 or otherwise - we will now pop up a more informative error window, along with a button you can click to jump straight to our site to check for more information.
- Updated Error Windows - If you encounter a catastrophic error, the message that appears will now tell you to go visit peerblock.com/errors. This will redirect you to a forum-post on which the most common error-messages are displayed, to help you figure out what has gone wrong, and what can be done to fix it.
- (Re)Load Previously Downloaded Lists - Previously, there was a problem where if you disabled and then re-enabled a list in the List Manager, that list wouldn't be reloaded until it successfully downloaded an update. Now, if it can't update that list it will still load the last version you did successfully download.
- Removal of Windows 2000 Support - Windows 2000 is quite old by now, we hope that nobody's still running it; if you are, you can continue using the previous PeerBlock version. This release does support all Windows variants from Windows XP through to Windows 8.1, including server variants. (But not Windows RT.)
Get it Here
Here it is, PeerBlock 1.2! This file will install PeerBlock 1.2 on your machine, and is the recommended download for most users.
- PeerBlock 1.2 Installer - for XP, Vista, 7, and 8+ (all editions)
New install? No problem, just download the above .exe file and run it, and it will take care of everything for you.
Upgrading from an older release? No need to uninstall that previous version of PeerBlock before installing PeerBlock 1.2 - you just need to exit any currently-running version, then download and run the installer. You can exit PeerBlock by right-clicking on the little cube/"block" PeerBlock icon in the lower-right corner of your screen, by the clock, and selecting "Exit".
Other Download Options
If you'd rather not use the Installer based version of PeerBlock, you can instead download a "Portable" .zip version. Those files, along with checksum information for all our files if you'd like to verify that your download hasn't been corrupted, can be found on our Other Downloads page.
As always, many thanks to the PeerBlock Project Team, both for keeping the project alive over the past few years and for helping test new releases now that we're once again in active development. And thanks again to all of you for your encouragement, and for helping get the word out about PeerBlock - the previous Stable Release (1.1) had been downloaded over 4 million times!
Thanks again for bearing with us over the course of the past few years. We hope that you enjoy this new release of PeerBlock!
--- Mark ---