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Firewall going crazy....

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Kanos, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Kanos

    Kanos Why yes.

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    First off, my current set-up for Virus and spyware is

    -Avast Anti-Virus

    -Spybot S and D

    -Adaware SE

    -Zone Alarm Firewall

    -Ewido Anti-Malware


    Anyways, today after my grandpa had got done being on Party Poker, I noticed that the computer was running super slow. So i looked at the firewall, and it said 3000+ high-rated things had been stopped. Now i have had zone alarm on MY computer for a year and only gotten like 100 high rated things. So I figure she has a virus, so I run everything. They all find stuff except for Avast, and it is running faster so i figure problem solved. Then I looked at the firewall since i was at a movie and 200+ high rated intrusions had been blocked ALREADY. Does anyone else have this high of number? Is it normal, or is soemthing still wrong??


    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. IndyGunFreak

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    Get a hardware firewall

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  4. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    It would seem Grandpa installed an 'update' for one of the casino games. Tell him to never click YES in a popup window unless it's absolutely necessary.

    Either you have a Trojan, a worm or a bit of spyware got installed. Run updated scanners (the ones you have are great--try them in Safe Mode).

    Then go buy a hardware router with NAT SPF capability and put it between your PC and your cable/DSL modem.

    The software solutions aren't worth their weight in vaporware in comparison to decent packet filtering, take my word for it.

    Good luck,

    Eric
     
  5. Kanos

    Kanos Why yes.

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    He just old me he did download an update(he is VERY new to computers, but it wasnt really a pop-up. it said you are running an older version of PartyPoker would you like to update? Now, i would have clicked yes to in that situation. Its hard to believe that they would do that to you, but you always no your stuff.
     
  6. IndyGunFreak

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    Unfortunately, if Party Poker is like Pokerstars, if you do not upgrade when they tell you to, the software will not start. Somehow I doubt a Partypoker upgrade caused the problems he's experiencing, but I've been wrong before.

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  7. HVAC-TEK

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    It may be spy ware, so run ewido. www.ewido.com

    You can run it from the website using Internet Explorer. Ewido will find EVERYTHING. I highly trust it.

    Now what you really need to do is read your firewall logs and tell us what EXACTLY the type of attack is.

    Modern times are parlous. In the old days hackers were super highly trained people with degrees in networking and computer programming. These people were powerful and RARE. Modern times are vastly different. Teenagers with too much free time are doing the hacking. They use free tools they get off the internet. These tools are wizard driven to dumb down the hacking process. The result is that any nitwit with free time can be a hacker. And trust me, there are ALOT of them!

    Game sites attract these people because the servers are public, and it is easy to "sniff out" your computers address from these servers. Once they have the address, they then need an open port to use. (A port is like a virtual door between your operating system and the internet.) It could simply be that someone is trying to hack, or crash his system.

    Unreal tournament 2003 had trouble with this because how simple they made identifying IP addresses. Since every Unreal tournament 2003 game uses the same ports, the hackers had everything the needed. They knew the addresses and what ports to attack. It was a nightmare.


    Without knowing the log information, we are really flying blind. I would be certain that your operating system is patched and up to date, and that you are running a current version of your firewall.

    K