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    Default windows.security.firewallopenports detected

    hi. in my latest scan using spybot s&d (update file 9/22/06) the scan
    detected two problems in the registry, both in:

    windows.security.firewallopenports. and both detected problems are identical as far as location in the registry.

    i am using the MS firewall.

    apparently this is now being scanned by spybot. can someone please explain to me what this is? i've googled this and searched miscrosoft.com but can't seem to find any useful information. is this something to be concerned about or is this some sort of false positive?

    thanks,

    rich

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    Hello

    Could you give more information please:

    1) Exact message you receive.
    2) Security programs installed.
    3) Version of Spybot-S&D.

    Please open Spybot>Help>About, it will give you the version and latest detection update information.

    While the Windows XP Firewall is better than nothing at all; it's functions are limited.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfirewall.mspx

    Please see this article for prevention tips and programs.
    So how did I get infected in the first place? By Tony Klein
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    thanks for the response. the info you're seeking is below.

    Hello

    Could you give more information please:

    1) Exact message you receive.


    sure.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\GloballyOpenPorts\List\21:TCP

    both items found by spybot are exactly the same. i am assuming that the above refers to a TCP connection on port 21. with that in mind, i have rebooted into safe mode and re-run spybot. the same two items are found. what i don't understand is if they are a true infection or a false positive.


    2) Security programs installed.

    installed and running are the following:
    - windows firewall
    - spyblaster v3.5.1
    - norton system works 2005 which includes norton A/V
    - counterspy v1.5.82 with definition file 414
    - adsgone 2006 v5.3.3.16

    also used on a periodic basis but not left running are:
    - ad-aware se personal build 1.06r1
    - pest patrol v 12/27/2004 4.4.4.81 with the 9/22/06 database


    3) Version of Spybot-S&D.

    - v1.3 with the 9/22/06 database

    Please open Spybot>Help>About, it will give you the version and latest detection update information.

    While the Windows XP Firewall is better than nothing at all; it's functions are limited.


    i know that. i normally run ZoneAlarm (free edition) but have had some issues with their v6. i am currently researching whether to revert back to
    v5.x or use another product. i'm using the MS firewall in the meantime.


    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfirewall.mspx

    Please see this article for prevention tips and programs.
    So how did I get infected in the first place? By Tony Klein [/QUOTE]


    thanks, i will.
    i have not allowed spybot to delete the two items. i won't do that until i understand just what they have detected.

    thanks again.

    rich

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    Side note:

    You should consider upgrading to Spybot 1.4.

    Getting an answer is one thing, learning is another.


    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition running on a 2.40GHz IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 Processor with 512 MB of RAM and a 533 MHz System Bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by md usa spybot fan View Post

    You should consider upgrading to Spybot 1.4.
    I agree, then after updating to the latest definitions run another scan and let us know the results:





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    ok, but that doesn't answer my initial question which was is this an actual detection or a false positive? and am i correct in interpreting that the 'hit' is indicating that port 21 is open?

    rich

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    i phrased that badly. what i'm asking is this. what is spybot detecting? is this windows.security.firewallopenports a setting within windows that i can check? i'm not getting any background info on this via google, a search of microsoft.com or XP help. i realize that you can't tell me if this hit is a false positive but i'm trying to understand what spybot is checking.

    rich

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    hi. ok, i downloaded and installed v1.4 of spybot S&D, did a scan and got the same results.

    thanks.

    rich

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    Smile "Replacing" Windows "firewall" !?

    Hi Rich :

    Perhaps the question would become moot if you found a "replacement" for
    the "half-a-firewall" Windows ; I agree on not using ZA. However, there are
    lots of good & FREE ones available; I still use the bought out by Symantec/
    Norton Sygate Personal, available for download from :
    http://www.filehippo.com/download_sy...onal_firewall/ . There is a "Setup
    Guide" @ www.kotiposti.net/string/SPF_eng/SPFGuide.html .
    After installation, should use the "Shields Up" test at www.grc.com .

    In fact, if the "Windows Firewall" is part of the XP SP2 "Security Center",
    should consider "disabling" the entire "Center" based on the info at :
    www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1639276.00.asp !?
    For the BEST in What counts in Life :

    www.tacf.org

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    good evening. can you check that pc mag link...it won't come up.

    thanks.

    rich

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