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Disabling A Items In Norton Security Alert

by Dariusxx / December 15, 2007 9:31 PM PST

Vista Home Premium
Norton Internet Security

I changed gthe configuration of my firewall to notify me when programs attempt to acces the internet. I was amazed (to say the least) at how many programs requested to "call Home."

Norton is now constantly alerting me about the following programs trying to access the web. I cannot turn off the warnings. i would like to know what these programs are. I have searched the web and some sites say they are trojans while others state that they are part of Microsoft.

The alerts are under the general status of svchost.exe The modules trying to access the web are:



vlc.exe (I know this is a media player I installed. Why is it trying to access the web. I disabled the program from doing so but this now appears.


wksss.exe & wkscal.exeI read that this is a component of Microsoft Works. Why is this trying to access the web?

divxcodec/configexe- I disabled the divx program but still this component is trying to access the web





hpqse.exe My PC is HP and this is in their directory

I reguarly run adaware and spybot scans. If these are not necessary how do I diable them permanently?


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Depends which port they are calling
by Donna Buenaventura / December 16, 2007 12:53 AM PST
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Perhaps a Little Info on Some...
by tobeach / December 16, 2007 4:47 PM PST

ac3config.exe : Do you have AC3 sound card/Drivers. Checking 4 Update?
vlc.exe : Same as above BUT there is new version due to Security Leak &
currently active exploit attack. (not sure: recent MP4 hole?)
divxcodec/configexe : "Disabled"? Did you Un-install or just ?
hpqse.exe : This is HP update/ upload info/ maybe download updates.
Since you run Spybot, it should have already removed or
Disabled any "Backweb" components from HP or Logitech.
BUT at each contact w/ HP, first thing they'll do is to
re-download it again. Re-run Spybot & disable in Spybots
"system start-up tool"(advanced mode, S&D top left "mode")
Note: Spybot Start-up may not list some of these if
installed after install of Spybot. If you still have
original SD exe, you could un-install& re-install& update.

I suspect several more are "updaters" which probably upload info.
Look with-in such programs for ability disable updating checks.
I find it is always good to prevent as much as possible at start-up
and just launch prog as used/needed by icon to optimize performance.

You could also try Scans w/ AVG 7.5 Anti-Spy/Malware (Free):
Good Luck! Happy

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Correction: Above Did You Mean "hpqusgh.exe".....
by tobeach / December 16, 2007 5:15 PM PST

possibly mis-spelling? The hpqusgh is related to HP all-in one print/scan equipment & probably should be running in background if
printer used frequently/constantly. Why call home?? Looking for updates?

I have older version of this machine & I keep disabled at start-up & powered off. I power up unit before printing & then just click "print & all works. Just takes a few extra seconds to load. Reduces system load.
Could not find reference under orig. spelling. Happy

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