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Windows 7: Mysterious Connection to Internet Requests


13 Mar 2010   #1

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Mysterious Connection to Internet Requests

Every day I encounter a similar popup message from my Firewall. A Windows something (i.e. Company: Microsoft) is trying to connect to the internet. The source executable, while usually different each day, is always located in C:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Temp.
Since it's Microsoft, I assume it has something to do with Windows 7 so I click "Allow". Anybody know if this is risky or not? Is there any way I canavoid these daily prompts?


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13 Mar 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gmosley View Post
Every day I encounter a similar popup message from my Firewall. A Windows something (i.e. Company: Microsoft) is trying to connect to the internet. The source executable, while usually different each day, is always located in C:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Temp.
Since it's Microsoft, I assume it has something to do with Windows 7 so I click "Allow". Anybody know if this is risky or not? Is there any way I canavoid these daily prompts?
Be cautious. Any file can claim to be microsoft. The location of that file (in temp) and the fact that it changes makes me suspicious.

I would run a thorough anti virus scan.


Ken
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13 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

without some more info on whats requesting access i cant say if its safe or not, but if you want to stop it then just tell your firewall to deny it access (this varies from firewall to firewall but it is usually found under an option similar to Program Control or Outbound Rules)
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13 Mar 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You have been given excellent advice. Zigzag's suggestion should be taken immediately, to avoid bigger problems. In addition, I would suggest that you download and use this software Malwarebytes.org. It is the free version, which can be used to scan your computer for nasties, which may not be a virus but other malware. I have suggested this to many posters and they have reported back that they did find malware on their computer which was removed, by malwarebytes.

In addition to malwarebytes, I use software know as Win Patrol, uses little resources and works quietly in the background. It is different from other protection software as it takes a picture of your HD, when installed, and will notify you of any changes, if unautorized you can investigate and take protective action. I, as all the members, wish you happy and safe surfing.
BillP Studios - WinPatrol 2010
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13 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

There are 2 details to this that make me pretty sure it is a malicious software:
1) It comes from the Temp Folder
2) It is different every day

I would immediately purge your temp file then empty your recycle bin. Run Malwarebytes (as suggested above) and any other AV software you have. Clean it out good.
Since there is no knowing what the software was intended to do, changing your passwords on any and all important or financial sites/programs.

This very well could have compromised all your data.

~Lordbob
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13 Mar 2010   #6
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
There are 2 details to this that make me pretty sure it is a malicious software:
1) It comes from the Temp Folder
2) It is different every day

I would immediately purge your temp file then empty your recycle bin. Run Malwarebytes (as suggested above) and any other AV software you have. Clean it out good.
Since there is no knowing what the software was intended to do, changing your passwords on any and all important or financial sites/programs.

This very well could have compromised all your data.

~Lordbob

That is a dead giveaway.
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13 Mar 2010   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
There are 2 details to this that make me pretty sure it is a malicious software:
1) It comes from the Temp Folder
2) It is different every day

I would immediately purge your temp file then empty your recycle bin. Run Malwarebytes (as suggested above) and any other AV software you have. Clean it out good.
Since there is no knowing what the software was intended to do, changing your passwords on any and all important or financial sites/programs.

This very well could have compromised all your data.

~Lordbob
Dead on. Upped rep. Anything trying to execute everyday from the temp folder no matter where on the HD is a flag saying "Come disinfect me I have interwebz disease."
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13 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
That is a dead giveaway.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
Dead on. Upped rep. Anything trying to execute everyday from the temp folder no matter where on the HD is a flag saying "Come disinfect me I have interwebz disease."
Thanks for the rep.

That wasn't so much a red flag as it was like:
Attachment 1268509433

~Lordbob


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13 Mar 2010   #9

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
That is a dead giveaway.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
Dead on. Upped rep. Anything trying to execute everyday from the temp folder no matter where on the HD is a flag saying "Come disinfect me I have interwebz disease."
Thanks for the rep.

That wasn't so much a red flag as it was like:
Attachment 1268509433

~Lordbob
yep. this guy knows about traps.


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13 Mar 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Good advice Lordbob75
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