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    What's my computer doing?

    What do you think my computer is doing when my firewall program pops up a message informing me that my Windows KERNEL32 (or some such phrase) is trying to connect to 158.252.128.42? I looked that URL up and it was http://...dialsprint... ???

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    Re: What's my computer doing?

    Hi Doc,

    Thanks for the advice. I ran my virus checker and nothing cropped up. Perhaps it will remain a mystery.

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    Re: What's my computer doing?

    Try downloading the free or trial version of Ad-Aware. You can find it at

    http://www.lsfileserv.com/

    Cheers,

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    Re: What's my computer doing?

    Hi Phil,

    I downloaded and installed it today. It did manage to clean out a couple of things.

    Thanks,

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    Re: What's my computer doing?

    Sounds like Spyware or a Trojan trying to call home. I'd run my anti-virus software after updating it and then run Ad-aware to check for spyware. If you don't have Ad-aware, it's a free utility that you can get at the Ziff-Davis site or at http://www.lavasoft.nu/
    Here's what I got from Arin about your URL. After you've checked and cleared your system I'd also call the 800# and ask what's up. Here's the info

    158.252.128.42
    Sprint (NET-SPRINTLINK1)
    12490 Sunrise Valley Dr.,
    Mailstop VARESB0213
    Reston, VA 20196
    US

    Netname: SPRINTLINK1
    Netblock: 158.252.0.0 - 158.252.255.255

    Coordinator:
    Sprintlink (Sprint) (SPRINT-NOC-ARIN) NOC@SPRINT.NET
    800-232-6895
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    Re: What's my computer doing?

    You may be able to backtrack to the code source by looking at the active tasks with Ctl-Alt-Del when your firewall pops. Just a wild guess, but if I wanted to steal your machine, I would start a task that would use standard Windows services to call home.

    HTH

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    Re: What's my computer doing?

    Thanks. I'll give it a try the next time it occurs.

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