Posted 24 November 2006 - 04:03 PM
I'm running Norton Internet Security. I have it set to report when programs are trying to access the Internet.
It's been a real eye-opener. I don't use Internet Explorer for anything. I use Mozilla Firefox for my browser. I can't even open the Windows XP search window without that $##!@%^ Explorer.exe trying to access the Internet. What's it doing, reporting all my lookups to Microsoft?
For instance, if I wanted to look up a file folder using search, I'd hit Start > Search > and get to the "Search results window" and hit > What do you want to search for? > and as soon as windows finds my hard drives and removable drives, I get a Norton Internet Security window warning me: "Explorer.exe is attempting to access the Internet." It says "Medium Risk" In the details box of that window it lists something like this sample:
Date/time: 11/22/2006 5:56 p.m.
Module: C:\program files\ norton internet security\...
Module: C:\program files\adobe acrobat 7.0\active...
Module: C:\windows\system 32\batmeter.dll
Module: C:\windows\system 32\stobject.dll
Module: C:\windows\system 32\themeui.dll
Remote Address: 192.168 [My ISP's full address]
Local Address: [same full ISP address with different ending]
Protocol: UDP (outbound)
Then there is a Norton "What do you want to do?" Toggle box with two choices: Block always (recommended) and Allow Always.
So if I hit "Block Always"
The Norton Security box pops up immediately, saying Explorer.exe is attempting to access the Internet.
I have to hit "Block Always" exactly 11 times in order to get that box to go away so that the search can proceed.
Then I hit: "All files and Folders"
Hit: "Look in: "Local Disk (C:\)"
Hit: "Search" and find the folder I'm looking for, highlight it and then select "stop" and "yes, finished searching"
Then at long last I double click the folder I'm trying to access and more often than not, I get one of those Windows Error Message boxes that says an error has occurred and asks if I would like to report this error to Microsoft. If I hit "Yes" it may shut my screen down, or it might let me go on. But if I hit "No" as in I don't want to report my computer's malfunction to Microsoft, I get the frozen screen of death and I have to do a "Control+Alt+Delete" to get to a screen that asks me if I want to log off of my user session. I hit "yes" and a few minutes later, after the computer clicks and moans, I am finally back to my user log-in screen and I have to give my password and log back in to get to windows. Naturally, if I had any other windows open or work in progress, it's lost.
What's going on?