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Old 09. Mar 2009, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have been exploring the issue of firewalls on my other thread, and the subjects of antiviruses, HIPS and anti-malware and the issue of their assorted warnings and the receiver's response have crept in. This has me wondering:

You are at your computer. You have installed on it your choice of antivirus, anti-malware, your firewall, and perhaps your HIPS system. While visiting a site you get a warning such as:

"Process rjck.xxx (whatever the file ext.) initiated-terminate or allow?" or "jumpboy.xxx is attempting to contact the internet- terminate or allow?".

What is YOUR general course of action given these cryptic warnings?

Thank you for your comments, Kyuzo.
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Old 09. Mar 2009, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would look up the program path of the process. If its some program that I installed myself, and I trust that program, then I would allow it.
If I don't know much about it, I will take the help of Google, and find about the process. If the name is funny, then I would sure be suspicious about the program. Yes, sometimes things can get quite confusing though.
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Old 09. Mar 2009, 02:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Exactly! I usually have no problem with Avast. It identifies the item as a trojan or whatever classification the item occupies. My Arovax Shield and Spyware Terminator have HIPS features and will identify processes with odd monikers like "jokefakealert" or "jokefakeinfect" (an actual part of one of my spyware programs, I subsequently learned!). You see something like that come up and the first thing you think is "Blazes! I'm being attacked!" Our conversations concerning the firewall alerts and how to respond to them started me thinking...

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Yes, it can be quite confusing sometimes. Always best to look it up before taking any action.
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