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shields up help

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by ant2005uk, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. ant2005uk

    ant2005uk Byte Poster

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    I have just run the test again, and it failed one part -

    Attempting connection to your computer. . .
    Shields UP! is now attempting to contact the Hidden Internet Server within your PC. It is likely that no one has told you that your own personal computer may now be functioning as an Internet Server with neither your knowledge nor your permission. And that it may be serving up all or many of your personal files for reading, writing, modification and even deletion by anyone, anywhere, on the Internet!


    Please can someone explain to me what this is all about, should I be concerned? anything I can do to patch this uyp? or is it just a false alarm. Every other test was passed with full stealth.
     
  2. Fergal1982

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    ummmmmm. which test was this and where????
     
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  3. ant2005uk

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    The file sharing test at http://www.grc.com/

    It was the only element of the test, and all the tests showing as a cause for concern. Everything else was marked as closed and completely stealthed.
     
  4. tripwire45
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    What sort of firewall are you using and what port still seems to be open?
     
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  5. ant2005uk

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    Im using Zonealarm pro and it doesnt say which port is open, just that I may have this hidden server on my PC that people can access. Seems strange as I said on all the other tests it passed with pure stealth, no ports were seen to be open.
     
  6. AJ

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    Just a thought Ant, are you using any p2p or bit torrent stuff, becouse this can act as a server.
     
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  7. Jakamoko
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    Just a thought, but if you had Remote Desktop enabled (assuming XP) then wouldn't that potentially appear to the test as an open port, and an available server ? After all, by definition, RDP is there to allow anyone (assuming your permission) to connect and control your PC :hhhmmm
     
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  8. tripwire45
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    and Kazaa is evil. :twisted:
     
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  9. ant2005uk

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    I have both kazaa and ishareit installed, both p2p programs. Shall I just get rid of them I never use them now. The thing is though I just set my firewall to block inbound and outbound connections from them and it still saying same on shields up. So not sure if it will make a differance
     
  10. tripwire45
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    Uninstall both and re-run the test. If they aren't the problem, you'll have to look again.
     
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  11. Phoenix
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    im confused why anybody as paranoid about security as yourself would have any P2P apps running AT ALL? everybody knows thats one of the number once source of malware, adware, phishing scams, and IP harvesting

    and I still cant seem to notice the extact part of Shields Up! thats giving you a bad result, is it a perticualar ports its highlighting? is it windows netbios connectivity (thats real bad)?

    a bit more details would help us in this matter :)
     
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  12. ant2005uk

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    Lol no its not from the windows netbios porting, all that was marked as pure stealth. If you click the very first button 'file sharing' and its the first result that pops up on there :D
     
  13. NightWalker

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    Grab a copy of the Un-Plug and Prey freeware from GRC.
    http://www.grc.com/UnPnP/UnPnP.htm
    I dont know if that will help, but I had the free Zone Alarm firewall and closed the plug and play port and got a perfect stealth rating on all the tests at GRC.
     
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  14. zxspectrum

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    well i have just done the stealth test and totally passed, i even have p2p file sharing on the com but they are closed at the mo. i have macafee antivirus and firewall and as soon as i download anythinf dodgy it tells me and even cleans it and the firewall alerts me to a lot of things too . i had zone alarm buit didnt think it was up to much,
     
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  15. NightWalker

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    I use the Zone Alarm free firewall, but it has given me a few problems now and then. It is a powerful firewall, but a bit temperamental. The Zone Labs forum is full of people having issues. McAfee is one of those quiet contenders, their firewall just does its job, no fuss. A very good firewall.
     
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