Out of the Blue

Well I'm glad I mentioned that unsolicited pop-up dealie yesterday, because a forum comment made it clear that what I was suffering from was not a scumware situation, but rather a method for exploiting an internal Windows service. Thankfully indiv posted a link to the Stop Messenger Spam website, which clearly explained the problem, and how to solve it. Whew!

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Re: No firewall?
Feb 6, 2003, 10:42
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Re: No firewall? Feb 6, 2003, 10:42
Feb 6, 2003, 10:42
 Bronco
 
I'm amazed that more people don't have more personal firewalls these days either software (Blackice / Norton Personal Firewall) or some form of hardware (Netscreen 5xp / Sonicwall) that blocks these messanger spam attacks and a dozen others even before it gets to your computer.

We use our router NAT along with Zonealarm Pro at work. At home I've never been able to get my wife to tolerate all the time it takes to quiet a firewall down after it's initial installation so we go the NAT route only there.

The messenger spam has been around for at least 6 months now. It is amazing that Blue is only seeing it now. I just turned that service off for a friend last night.

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