Posted 25 July 2006 - 07:30 PM
I really do like this site; I think it's the font of most computer knowledge in the universe.
I'm pretty sure my malware is all gone; Mickiemoes has been helping me in the HJT forum. My logs are clean, I set a restore point, and so far, I like the Antivir he suggested for a virus checker. He also helped me get rid of Norton, which didn't want to go away. So, now I'm trying out other free firewalls recommended by BC, one at a time. I'm using Kerio's version now and it seems OK. But . . .
My problem: I have Kerio set to prompt me about everything, just because I'm curious. Often, when I'm away from the computer, I'll "disable all traffic" or sometimes just log off. When I get back, I still find a lot of things that wanted internet access - much of it apparently from Microsoft. Just now, I got "direct 3D Flying Objects Screen Saver", supposedly launched by Windows NT Logon Application wanting to call out. But, I don't even *use* a screen saver. I denied everything manually, but don't want to create rules until I actually know what I'm doing.
Norton never used to alert me to things like this - in fact I had no idea Microsoft wanted to "phone home" as often as it apparently does. Is this a flaw with Kerio, or did Norton just let Microsoft bypass their firewall when it wanted to? If so, is this usually benign? If not, is there a tutorial somewhere to help me decide what to permanently try to block and what to allow? Was there one here that I missed?