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"A recent attempt to attack your computer was blocked"

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#1 Carfan500


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Posted 04 October 2009 - 04:43 PM

Hi, I'd like to thank everyone here for cleaning my computer! :thumbsup:

I have a question regarding my Norton Antivirus. Yesterday it came up with a notice saying that "A recent attempt to attack your computer was blocked". I clicked "view details" and it said that the IP, 80 had tried to download an HTTP Acrobat Suspicous Executable File Download from the URL I wasn't on that website though, I was on a well-known safe site. Could someone please explain what happened?

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 05:42 PM

Not sure but it could be Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash Player trying to update
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#3 Papakid


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Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:01 AM

I wasn't on that website though, I was on a well-known safe site. Could someone please explain what happened?

Not sure what site you are thinking you weren't on, but can you tell me what was the legitimate site that you were on? Did you download or try to download a PDF file?

I don't use Norton, but best I can tell it was doing its job and blocked a malicious PDF file download.

However, because they use the word "suspicious", it could also be a false positive. As recommended in the Symanatec article, scan with Norton, and then your other security scanners and see if anything turns up. BTW, ignore their recommendation to turn off System Restore before a scan--it is a ridiculous practice by Norton and other AV companies.

Also go to Adobe's website and make sure you have the latest version of Reader. Older versions are vulnerable to attack so should be kept at the latest version.

The whois for the IP address does not have to be for the particular web page or site you are on. The one you posted resolves to a web hosting company, which is probably where the PDF file is stored and probably was linked to on the site you did visit. Or was somehow redirected there.

Edited by Papakid, 05 October 2009 - 11:03 AM.

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