IP filters are used to restrict connections to and from your client.
All IP ranges that are entered in the ipfilter.dat file cannot
connect to eMule nor can eMule connect to them. This file can be
edited via the Edit Button and is saved in eMule's install folder.
For more information on filtering IP see the topic
IP Filters of this FAQ. eMule has to Reload the ipfilter.dat file
before any changes apply.
Each entry of the ipfilter.dat has an access level assigned. This
value describes how trustworthy this entry is. High values (default
128+) are considered secure whereas lower values are to be blocked.
The Filterlevel determines the limit of blocking. Each entry in
ipfiletr.dat which has an access lower than the set Filterlevel will
be denied connection to eMule. The default value should not be
Filter Servers too
The IP-Filter rules are usually only valid for other clients. This
option will extend the filtering to servers as well.
Update from URL
Entering a link to a filter file and pressing Load will add
the found IPs to eMule's ipfilter.dat. See the
IP Filter chapter for links and more information.
See my shared
This option is used to determine who can view a list of your shared
files and directories (it does not affect the sharing
of files itself). It offers three settings:
Any client that want to know what files you have shared will be sent an
overview of your shared files/directories.
o Friends Only
Only people you have added to your friends list will be able to see
your shared files/directories.
eMule will deny all requests for displaying your shared
Protocol Obfuscation tries to mask your eMule traffic so that it
becomes harder to block by your ISP, who may be throttling your
Protocol Obfuscation for more information regarding these settings.
It is recommended to use the secure user identification. For more
information on this topic see
Run eMule as unprivileged UserMost users are logged on to their machine with an Administrator
account. This account type allows them and all executed software full
control over the system. In this case also all malicious code executed
will have its full bad effect.
This option is only available in the Win NT series (2k, XP, 2003) and
allows eMule to profit from the tighter security these systems
provide. This option is deprecated on Windows Vista and later.
Running eMule as unprivileged user will create an own user account in
the operating system called emule_secure and sets the
permissions for full access to the folders it needs (installation
folder, temp and incoming folders) for this special user. Otherwise
this account is heavily restricted and denies access to other parts of
the system. eMule starts itself under this user account making sure
that any malicious code which may be injected has no rights on the
system, thus not being able to do any harm. This is a preventive
measure in case of any vulnerable code is found which could be
eMule cares for the file access it needs. Further security can be
achieved by deliberately restricting file access to other folder
or entire drives. Restricting file access is only possible with
NTFS but not with FAT
The separate account offers the full possibilities of control
mechanisms in modern operating systems like disk quotas etc.
A bug in Windows XP prevents any visual styles from working when
eMule is run in this mode. The GUI will look like standard Win98.
Windows XP SP2 seems to solve this problem.
This setting will not provide any anonymity in the network but
makes the system eMule runs on more resistant to any possible
Enable spam filter for search
Some malicious servers and Kad nodes return intentional wrong results
on searches to promote files of their own. You can mark such results
as spam and eMule will try to filter search results which look
similar or equal based on heuristic and files you already marked as
spam. This option allows you to enable or disable this spam filter.
Warn when opening untrusted
Downloaded files are marked in the same way as by 'Internet Explorer'
which leads to showing a warning message from 'Windows' when
executing downloaded files (for Windows XP SP2 or later). This helps
to prevent accidental or careless opening of potential malicious
files. If you dislike those warning messages, you can disable this