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    Windows Explorer (Home)

    I have WindowsXP Home edition, and am runing Ontrack SystemSuite Netdefense fire wall. Every time I start my computer Netdefense notifies me that Windows Explorer is trying to connect to 239.255.255.250, and gives me the option to allow or not to allow the connection to be made.

    I tried to access the address but was rejected. My question is should I allow Windows Explorer to access the internet or not? What is the reason for this connection?

    Also I have gotten the notification that kernel32.dll was trying to access the internet. Should this be allowed? Waht is the purpose of these files accessing the internet.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (Home)

    A lookup of the IP address reveals the following:

    <img src=/w3timages/redline.gif width=33% height=2>
    Search results for: 239.255.255.250

    IANA (NET-MCAST-NET)
    Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
    4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
    Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695
    US

    Netname: MCAST-NET
    Netblock: 224.0.0.0 - 239.255.255.255

    Coordinator:
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (IANA-ARIN) res-ip@iana.org
    (310) 823-9358

    Domain System inverse mapping provided by:

    FLAG.EP.NET 198.32.4.13
    STRUL.STUPI.SE 192.108.200.1 192.36.143.3
    NS.ISI.EDU 128.9.128.127
    NIC.NEAR.NET 192.52.71.4

    Record last updated on 12-Sep-2000.
    Database last updated on 28-May-2002 23:38:30 EDT.
    <img src=/w3timages/redline.gif width=33% height=2>

    Could be your ISP, could be an FTP site that you connected to using Explorer - if you don't recognize it, don't allow it. Explorer remembers previous website and FTP visits and will attempt a connection when you open it. You may not be able to access the site for a variety of reasons which don't amount to much in this case.

    I can't see any reason for kernel32.dll to access the Internet. Block it once and see if everything still works normally (it should).
    -Mark

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