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Skype is having a party while I'm away!


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#1 RknRusty

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:09 PM

Earlier this morning I opened Skype, signed in as available, and left it standing by without ever using it. Later on, I closed it on the desktop, but I forgot that it stays open and hidden in the system tray.

I came back to the computer a couple of hours later and noticed the Send and Receive LEDs on the cable modem were burning up the information highway. I closed the only open application, MS Word, and it wasn't that. I opened perfmon.exe, the windows resource monitor, and looked at the network tab. You can see the Skype activity in the screenshot:

Anybody recognize that smartbro.net URL or have any idea what may have been going on? I will scan for malware in the meantime.


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Do you think it's likely that someone could have been going through my files? With as many writes as reads, there was a lot of information going upstream.

I have a backup image from two days ago I can restore, but I haven't found any malware. If someone was collecting my stuff, it's too late to do anything about it now. I don't think they could get any important passwords. I never store my banking and bill paying info.





Any thoughts?

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:53 PM

This is strange....I marked myself as "Offline" then back "Online" and checked the Network like you did. All kinds of weird sites were showing up next to Skype including virginmedia.com, ohio-state.edu, onshore.net, among many others I don't recall.

I know my computer is not infected. Apparently Skype just does this... :flowers:

http://forum.skype.com/topic/18401-weird-i...-on-connection/

I thought Skype only used bandwidth when you were using it... but apparently it connects whenever it wants. Weird... :thumbsup:
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 08:20 PM

That makes me feel better. I think I will deprive Skype of my voluntary services whenever I'm not using it. No more unattended idle time for it.

Thanks, Ninja. I appreciate the help.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 08:23 PM

Yeah, I hate wasted bandwidth....

Glad to be of service. :thumbsup:
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