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    "Malicious Host" warning when opening WS Forums

    For the past few days, whenever I access these forums at https://windowssecrets.com/forums/, i get a warning from my AV program (Emsisoft Internet Security) about an attempted connection to a malicious host called home.earthlink.net. The warning says that the connection attempt was automatically blocked, and then the forum pages open normally. What is Earthlink? Is this a false positive? Do I want or need it? I have the options to either always allow, or always block, so I would not see the warning again.

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    The warning is probably about a host of one of the ads on that page. Does Emsisoft allow blocking of just that 'bad' connection, or only the page?

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    Norton Security hasn't snagged anything.

    This is what a Google search came up for that - https://www.reddit.com/domain/home.earthlink.net/
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    I'm glad my passive security blocks that site (which might prevent the Emsisoft warning).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundaburra View Post
    What is Earthlink? Is this a false positive? Do I want or need it? I have the options to either always allow, or always block, so I would not see the warning again.
    Always block, you don't need it.

    EarthLink is a legit US public ISP, been around 20+ years. So of no use to you in Oz
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    Thanks Lugh, that's the information I wanted. Have set it to always block, and now I am not seeing the warning any more. Because it only started happening a few days ago, I'm guessing it was triggered by an updated malware definition. But still curious to know why the WS website wants to connect to it...??

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    Hey Y'all,

    I'm an earthlink subscriber and home.earthlink.com/~userid is where earthlink hosts home pages foe it's subscribers. It is not a malicious site in and of its self but that doesn't mean some of the home pages don't contain bad stuff.

    HTH

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    Sequoia National Park is adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park in California's southern Sierra Nevada mountains. (For non US viewers, and possibly some US viewers.)

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul,

    We're actually in Kings Canyon st the John Muir Lodge but I figured Seguoia would be more familiar to most.

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    Off topic, but we have a Kings Canyon in Australia as well: http://www.australia.com/en/places/r...gs-canyon.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundaburra View Post
    Off topic, but we have a Kings Canyon in Australia as well: http://www.australia.com/en/places/r...gs-canyon.html
    Actually here in Australia we have "Kings Gorge", not "Kings Canyon".

    "Canyon" is an American term - in Australia a "canyon" is more properly termed a "gorge".
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