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    Catch who is phoning home

    Is there a program that will tell me who is phoning home? I have run the latest AdAware with the latest signature file and have found no spyware, MSUpdate is banned from my machine and yet every few minutes or so someone is phoning home and I can't figure out who/what is doing it. Even as I sit here composing this post - there is this sporatic activity on my dial-up connection (I refuse to use my ISP's dialer - it was phoning home, so now I use the dialer that came with W98SE). Any and all help will be appreciated.
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    Re: Catch who is phoning home

    RealPlayer, McAfee and others are real famous for this. Look to see what is running in the "Task Manager" and list them here We may be able to help, with a list of what is running.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Catch who is phoning home

    See <!post=this,97939>this<!/post> post and <!post=this,11140>this<!/post> post on ZoneAlarm and Zone Log Analyser.
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    Re: Catch who is phoning home

    There does seem to be a lot of stuff running, but I can't figure out which one phoning home - here is the list in the same sequence as the showed up:
    Netscape
    CD Player
    Explorer
    Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar
    Printkey2000
    Gwhotkey
    Hpodev07
    Zapro
    Rnapp
    Visualzone
    Hposts07
    Hpofxm07
    Hpoevm07
    Webshotstray
    Deskcolor
    Monwow
    Csinsm32
    Em_exec
    Navapw32
    Hpoopm07
    Mdm
    Poproxy
    Directcd
    Pwstray
    Starter
    Systray
    Wmexec
    Csinject
    Ocrawr32
    Ocraware
    Ed
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    Re: Catch who is phoning home

    Netscape needs a connection, this will do it every time
    CD Player may be checking for a update or all of those new songs you want
    Explorer
    Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar
    Printkey2000 could be checking for a up date
    Gwhotkey
    Hpodev07
    Zapro ZoneAlarm Pro ?
    Rnapp
    Visualzone ?
    Hposts07
    Hpofxm07
    Hpoevm07
    Webshotstray could be checking for up date
    Deskcolor ?
    Monwow ?
    Csinsm32 ?
    Em_exec ?
    Navapw32 Nortons anti virus, settings could be set to check for update
    Hpoopm07 ?
    Mdm ?
    Poproxy ?
    Directcd
    Pwstray
    Starter ?
    Systray Sysem tray
    Wmexec ?
    Csinject "Nortons clean sweep"
    Ocrawr32 OCR software, may be looking for updates
    Ocraware OCR software, see above

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Catch who is phoning home

    FWIW:

    Gwhotkey - Driver used to activate multi-media keys on Gateway keyboards
    Em_exec - Driver for Logitech mouse scroll-wheel
    Hp* - HP drivers: printer, scanner, fax, etc...
    Mdm - Microsoft Debug Machine (not sure what it's for, but pops up a message when you hit a website with bad javascript or vbscript)
    Pwstray - MS Personal Web Server tray icon

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    Re: Catch who is phoning home

    I found a site that has a fairly comprehensive listing of startup programs: Program 'friendly' name, executable name, and other notes identifying what program is loading, suspected/known spyware or viruses, whether the program is necessary or not, etc.

    Start-up Applications: http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup...artup_full.htm

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    Re: Catch who is phoning home

    If you install Zone Alarm (even the free version) you will have to give permission for each program on your PC that tries to access the internet. Since this is done one program at a time, you can easily tell what's what.

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