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Sunbelt Kerio firewall unusual outgoing connection attempt


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Posted 15 September 2010 - 03:57 PM

Hi all, My firewall has alerted me to an unusual outgoing connection attempt with the following...

Microsoft file and printer sharing trying to make outgoing connection
with I.P. address 196.215.38.23 on port microsoft-ds [445]

This is unusual in that I never see any unexpected outgoing connection attempts. The firewall is set to alert me to and unknown incoming or outgoing connections.

I disabled file and printer sharing on my LAN but after rebooting the same connection attempt was made again so after denying permission for a second time I was interested to find out more.

I have googled the IP and found it is located somewhere near Johannesburg but I'm kind of stuck getting any further and not sure how I might find out more.

Really what I'm trying to find out is why my computer might be trying to connect to this address seemingly of its own accord and if this is something I need to be concerned about?

Can anyone help me shed some more light on this please?

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