Originally Posted by subassy
It's possible to route all your traffic through a VM running pfSense. It may not be practical
or worth the effort
...but it's possible.
You would first need to know a lot of those network concepts. That probably wouldn't take very long. pfSense seems to do everything from the basic NAT router up to very sophisticated VLANs and things really complicated networks that require a lot of power and flexibility would only need to do.
Then you would need to learn pfSense inside-and-out. Before even attempting to virtualize it. Being FreeBSD doesn't necessarily help as it works just different enough from Linux etc. that something not working isn't necessarily going to be a google search away.
Then finally the virtual machine part. My personal preference has always been VirtualBox but I haven't got a grasp yet on how much if at all Oracle has screwed with it since taking over Sun. I find VirtualBox does everything required and does it well enough any enterprise grade equivalent isn't really necessary.
Once that is done it's the "local loop back" portion of windows which should be relatively easy when compared to the other things. Would probably take months to learn all this. It would for me anyway.
I should probably mention I haven't actually done this loop-back-pfsense-vm thing myself. Just been reading it and wanting
to do it for multiple years now.
Thank you for expressing very nicely the "real-deal". I understand you, I believe you and I agree with you completely. IF setting up all these things would be as easy as installing Linux Mint, for example, then the majority (of those interested) would give it a try, at least! Personally, I have never tried any of these things, so I am not talking from personal, first-hand, experience now, but I do believe you.
What I am going to do is that I will start trying out / testing some of the tools from the list I have posted above, post #6250. Today already I will try W10 Privacy. I am dual booting between 10 Pro and 10 Pro Technical Preview. My TP installation is "virgin", absolutely no modification / tweaking, and I am using an MS account on it, since I use it as an Insider. No software is installed on this installation, besides CCleaner and HWiNFO64. I do not mind at all re-installing it at any point in time, in case something will go wrong, and of course I'll create a Restore point before applying anything.
I do not mind, and actually I really like, trying new things but...this pfSense installation and setting sounds too painful... Perhaps later I might dedicate a few months to it. For now the best steps I consider logic is a) trying a couple of those tools, b) perhaps purchasing a better modem-router for my system. One that will accept dd-wrt.