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Kerio Personal Firewall Confusion


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#1 ericwilmoth

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 01:17 AM

Hi. Iím looking for some basic advice with running Kerio personal firewall. I havenít purchased the full version, FYI. Iíve been using it for the last couple months, ever since discovering I had some malware issues, which I got sorted out finally in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic85082-30.html

My issue is that while there were a number of things I could tell to permanently allow when I first installed it, thereís a lot of other things that pop up that I honestly donít know if I should be approving or denying. Iíve avoided setting any of these questionable ones to a permanent setting one way or the other, but Iíd really like to get a better grasp on what I should be allowing and what not to allow.

Hereís some examples of things Iím confused about:

Iíll get popups asking to execute Ďcleanupí for various applicationsĖno idea WTF that is. Iíve both denied and approved it at various times to see if it makes a difference. For photoshop and acrobat I didnít notice a difference. If I try running dreamweaver, however, it wonít work unless I approve itóplus it pops up asking for that approval twice before it will run. I have no idea what itís even doing. That troubles me.

Example details:
Application path: c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\~e5d141.tmp
Description: Cleanup
File version: 1, 0, 0, 1
Product name: Macrovision Europe Ltd. Cleanup
Product version: 1, 0, 0, 1
Created: 2006/8/17, 21:45:38
Modified: 2007/5/6, 03:10:07
Accessed: 2007/5/6, 03:10:07

Process started by: c:\Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver MX 2004\Dreamweaver.exe
Description: Dreamweaver MX 2004
File version: 7.0
Product name: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
Product version: 7.0.2052
Created: 2006/6/18, 16:57:10
Modified: 2003/9/5, 23:33:42
Accessed: 2007/5/6, 03:07:55



Then I get a ton of port connection questionsóbut I donít know if I should be approving or denying these either:

[5/6/2007 1:58:57 AM]

Direction: outgoing
Local Point: 192.168.1.101, port 1534
Adapter: Wireless Network Connection
Remote Point: 192.150.20.118 [192.150.20.118], port http [80]
Protocol: TCP

Application path: c:\Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver MX 2004\Dreamweaver.exe
Description: Dreamweaver MX 2004
File version: 7.0
Created: 2006/6/18, 16:57:10
Modified: 2003/9/5, 23:33:42
Accessed: 2007/5/6, 03:07:55

RuleId = 671088661

I actually get different remote point requests depending on when I start itÖ

[5/6/2007 2:00:10 AM]

Direction: outgoing
Local Point: 192.168.1.101, port 1536
Adapter: Wireless Network Connection
Remote Point: 216.104.208.202 [216.104.208.202], port http [80]
Protocol: TCP

Application path: c:\Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver MX 2004\Dreamweaver.exe
Description: Dreamweaver MX 2004
File version: 7.0
Created: 2006/6/18, 16:57:10
Modified: 2003/9/5, 23:33:42
Accessed: 2007/5/6, 03:07:55

RuleId = 671088661

After this one I also got this request:

[5/6/2007 2:00:10 AM]

Direction: outgoing
Local Point: localhost [127.0.0.1], port 1535
Adapter: N/A
Remote Point: localhost [127.0.0.1], port 1535
Protocol: UDP

Application path: c:\Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver MX 2004\Dreamweaver.exe
Description: Dreamweaver MX 2004
File version: 7.0
Created: 2006/6/18, 16:57:10
Modified: 2003/9/5, 23:33:42
Accessed: 2007/5/6, 03:07:55

RuleId = 671088661

This stuff is driving me crazy because I donít know if itís something threatening or necessary--and this is a relatively tame example. I'm dealing with this whith a bunch of applications and it's really confusing the hell out of me. I just keep crossing my fingers and hoping i'm not hurting my computer. Iím praying someone can clear up these mysteries and help me get back to using these applications without pulling my hair out trying to determine what the damn firewall is dealing with.

Oh, yeah...i also discoverd that the firewall is also preventing photoshop cs2 from starting normally. if i turn it off it'll start just fine, but if the firewall is on it gives me an error message telling me to reinstall photoshop. There has got to be a better way to deal with this. I hope you can help me reclaim my sanity.

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