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Windows 7: Seen this alert a few times- can anyone decipher?

11 Mar 2012   #1
eknirb

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Seen this alert a few times- can anyone decipher?

The other couple times I noticed it was when I was adjusting a setting in the Chrome extension "X-Notifier."











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12 Mar 2012   #2
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

As best I can determine, somehow your computer made contact with a website called "the-independent<dot>info" at IP Address 178.162.170.58 through Port 80 on your machine. When I tried to visit that website, my antivirus blocked me and said the website contained malware. So whichever antivirus or antimalware suite you're using, it worked by blocking access to the website.

An IP address search shows that an organization called RIPE Network Coordination Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, controls all IP addresses from 178.0.0.0 through 178.255.255.255 and last updated their information on Sept 24, 2011.

http://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-178-0-0-0-1/pft

An internet search for RIPE Network Coordination Centre shows them to be an apparently legitimate organization. They are "...one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally."

RIPE Network Coordination Centre

X-notifier is a webmail notifier and supports Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, Daum, Naver, Nate, Paran and who knows what else. I've never heard of the last four but presumably they are webmail providers outside of the United States. And here's my personal opinion FWIW. When you tweaked your X-notifier settings, somehow or another your computer made contact with RIPE. Because RIPE is in the business of providing IP addresses and domains, and maybe some of the hosted domains have questionable content, RIPE was flagged by your antivirus as being dangerous. Just a guess.

Personally, I'd want to keep receiving those alerts. But I'd also contact the author of the addon, explain the situation, and see if they have any additional info. Maybe they have a glitch in their code or have received other compaints.

WebMail Notifier - Notifier for gmail, yahoo, hotmail and more
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12 Mar 2012   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Flush the DNS cache ... Right click on command prompt, run as Administrator, then copy/paste ipconfig /flushdns, press the enter key.
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12 Mar 2012   #4
eknirb

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Flush the DNS cache ... Right click on command prompt, run as Administrator, then copy/paste ipconfig /flushdns, press the enter key.
what does this accomplish? and how do 'right click on command prompt?'
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12 Mar 2012   #5
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Type cmd in search box, right click on cmd.exe > Run as administrator

Flush DNS - What's My DNS?
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