Windows Explorer asking for Internet access?

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September 9, 2011 at 20:02:34
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
I am writing about an issue with my other computer, which has Windows XP SP3. I was looking some things up online and afterwards I noticed a problem which I experienced before. When I open Windows Explorer, my firewall alerts me with a message that Windows Explorer is trying to access the internet. I remember having this issue before. There's no reason that Windows Explorer should be accessing the internet. I ran AdAware and removed around 43 tracking cookies. Then I opened Windows Explorer to test and the firewall alert went away. But recently, it has returned. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of this?

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#1
September 9, 2011 at 20:15:12
In some cases the program version has been updated so that may be why it is asking. See the firewall program status and see if the correct versions match up.

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#2
September 15, 2011 at 19:54:54
Adding an update. It does not allows ask for access. The first time I start it, it does; subsequent times it doesn't. I deny access. Looking at firewall log, it's trying to go out on port 53. I dont know if that is significant because it seems other programs use that port also. I searched for explorer.exe on the computer and came up with two legitimate files, one in H:\Windows, the other in ServicePackFiles\i386. The file version for both is 6.0.2900.5512. Create date is 1/20/2004 and modify date is 4/13/2008. So it looks like the file hasn't been changed recently. I just did a SP3 update, could that have something to do with it asking for internet access? Could this actually be legitimate? Oh, I also did a netstat -a and came up with this curious entry:
213-248-117-80.customer.teliacarrier.com:http listening on port 1028.

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#3
September 16, 2011 at 03:26:34
When teliacarrier.com is googled, it looks like it is used by gaming sites.

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#4
September 16, 2011 at 20:17:26
How do I block incoming traffic on port 1028? I looked at the options in my router and I didn't see anything. I also have Zone Alarm free edition and I don't think it allows you to block ports. To block ports in Windows XP, it looks like you have to enable IPSec from the Windows CD. My question there is, if you copy something from the CD does it in anyway undue SP3 which I recently updated to?
My plan of attack is this:
1) Block incoming traffic on port 1028 in the router
2) Deny Windows Explorer internet access in Zone Alarm
3) Block port 1028 from incoming traffic in XP
4) run virus/spyware scan

Any other suggestions/advice?


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#5
September 16, 2011 at 20:23:09
Just remembered that my router, a TrendNet TEW639BRP, does not have a firewall included. If it did, it would make things a lot easier. So, it looks like I'm limited to steps 2-4 above.

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#6
September 16, 2011 at 22:31:34
You may get some extra tips from these searches.

1) block port 1028 TrendNet TEW639BRP
http://is.gd/L7fv4g
2) xp Deny Windows Explorer internet access in Zonealarm
http://is.gd/WLV8Xk
3) Block port 1028 from incoming traffic in XP
http://is.gd/OOBgLj

I use this, down the bottom you can disable ports, I personally click on the Home settings.

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#7
September 17, 2011 at 07:22:48
Thanks for the links. I like SeConfigXP.

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#8
September 19, 2011 at 19:02:26
Did a scan with Housecall from Trend Micro. Nothing found. Set ZoneAlarm to deny windows explorer internet access. Everything OK. Next time I boot, Zone Alarm gets an error. Go to my web mail and nothing loads. I am starting to get a little annoyed. Should windows explorer have access to the internet?

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#9
September 19, 2011 at 19:03:29
It's not effecting my ability to go on the internet.

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#10
September 22, 2011 at 18:14:49
Update. After a reboot, Zone Alarm loaded fine and my internet mail loaded fine also.

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