Turning off the Internet temporarily is not rocket science, and it can be done in various ways. Network adapters can be disabled from the Network and Sharing Center and, for more tech-savvy users, there is a specific console command that can toggle the network connection active or disabled. And, of course, there is the option of just removing the Internet cable from its socket. But if you are looking for a software solution that can carry out this task, a convenient option is Net Disabler.
As its name implies, Net Disabler is designed to help you quickly disable the Internet connection. Whether you want to avoid distracting notifications during work, prevent certain applications from sending information back home or receiving automatic updates, or simply deactivate the online connection while your child uses the PC, Net Disabler can be of help, although, as mentioned above, you can also do without it.
You can think of Net Disabler as an alternative to the “netsh” command, which enables you to turn the Internet connection on and off without having to deal with the Windows console or the Control Panel.
The main and only window of the application reveals the current status of the Internet connection (on or off), along with the available Internet blocking methods.
There are three alternatives you can choose from, namely to disable the device, to block the Internet connection via DNS, or to disable the online access with the help of the Windows Firewall. You are not limited to selecting just one of the three methods. In other words, you can check them all if you want to.
While some might look at it as an extra tool that serves no purpose since the same can be obtained via the command console or the Network and Sharing Center, others might find it quite useful, especially since it can be password-protected to prevent unauthorized changes to the network connection settings.