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"WiFree" is a software brought to you by NetFree, which blocks any internet connection that is not being filtered by NetFree. The ability to connect to unfiltered internet is mainly a problem on wireless connections, where the internet connection is through WiFi, because in these cases the device can be connected to any other WiFi network that is not filtered by NetFree. The software scans the connection, and in a case where the connection is not through NetFree (even if there is another filter), it will block the connection. This software is also very important where the connection to NetFree is through a VPN, as in such cases as well, if the VPN is off then the device will be opened to unfiltered internet.
Note: As of now this software works only on Windows OS, not on a Mac OS neither on an Iphone or Android.
The software blocks internet access which is not from NetFree, and in cases where it is not wanted, removal of the software requires a procedure which costs 100 NIS.
After the download is finished it has to be installed. Note: The software erases the restore points on your computer. Click "Continue", type "I agree", mark "I read and I agree" (it is recommended to read), then install.
The new versions include the option of entering a user name and a message in the event that the software is removed (if the user is under community supervision the notice of removal of the software will reach the community supervisor).
Using the software
Once installed, the NetFree icon (a shield with waves) should appear on the taskbar on the right. If the connection is working, the icon will be gray .if the program detects an unfiltered connection and blocks it, the shield will have red stripes ,If there is a problem with the software components, a red exclamation mark will appear .
After installation, a "WiFree Protected Computer" icon appears on the bottom right.
This icon can be hidden by right clicking the WiFree icon on the taskbar, and clicking show/hide icon.
If the software blocks a connection that is filtered by NetFree, right-click on the icon on the taskbar and select "Service Initialization" and the program will reset and scan the connection again.
In case of obstruction:
If the software blocks the connection, and the message "Internet access is blocked" is received, try to check if you are connected to your provider and not connected to a wifi or other Internet service.
If you are connected to a NetFree connection, right-click on the icon on the taskbar, and select "אתחול שירות". The software will reset and scan the connection again.
If this does not help or the software icon does not appear on the taskbar - try reinstalling the software and restarting your computer.
The site of NatFree through this link http://netfree.link:1723/shortcuts is not blocked under any circumstances.
You can check if you are connected to your provider by entering this link http://netfree.link/ip and checking the ip at this link, example link: https://ipinfo.io/22.214.171.124, instead of this IP address enter the relevant address, if according to the Ip address you are connected to your ISP, contact them they should to apply the filtering on your Internet connection.
The software can be removed for a 100 NIS fee. Contact NetFree for more information.
Bugs and their solutions
JAVA software can not access the Internet with WiFree software
Description: JAVA tries to access via IPv6 and because WiFree blocks it completely then it encounters an error.
Solution: In Windows, run cmd as administrator, and run the following command:
setx _JAVA_OPTIONS -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true
- This causes JAVA to use IPv4 earlier.
The Internet is blocked every time you restart until you run Reinstall (התקנה מחדש) or Service Initialization (אתחול שירות)
Run cmd as administrator, and run the following command:
sc config WiFreeService start=auto
or download the following file and run it as an administrator (right click on the file > run as administrator)
Connect to wifi on public networks via VPN using a computer that is blocked by WiFree
Solution: Enter the NetFree home page, which WiFree allows, and the login page will appear instead..
After approval of the terms, connect to the VPN. Please note that this solution will work only if the network login page is located on the internal network, and is not an external web page.