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Free Zone Alarm, Firewall

I get the following warning that Zone Alarm has blocked FROM 192-1680.1 - TCP Port 2280.
Can anybody tell me what the H this is? It comes up every time I start my computer. Is it blocking something I need? Help. Thanks
I'm using Windows XP home edition, MSn. Explorer 7

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OK, jerryatric, here goes:

In reply to: Free Zone Alarm, Firewall

Port 2280 is a TCP (Transfer Control Protocol) port used by something called LNVPOLLER. I did a little research and this does NOT appear to be anything malicious, although I admit I couldn't find an exact explanation. The only thing I could turn up was an association with the eDonkey file sharing program; you're not doing file sharing, are you?

That said, I'd continue to block it, as I assume you're already doing. There's no reason why it should be open. If you want to stop getting that popup, check the box in it that allows you to suppress it.

A good basic test for any firewall is Steve Gibson's Shields UP! at (scroll down to the "Proceed" button and click it).

Hope this helps,


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Just so you know

In reply to: OK, jerryatric, here goes:

Any program is free to use any port it wants. Many programs use specific ports or port ranges, but there's nothing stopping them from using a different port or set of ports.

It could be ANYTHING trying to access port 2280. The only real way to find out, is to use a program to find out exactly what program is trying to access port 2280. You can't simply rely on what turns up in a Google search, because for all you know, it's a bit of malware that's programmed to use random ports to avoid this very sort of detection. I could also give a dissertation on why anything on the GRC website is questionable, but why bother? A lot of people think it's some great achievement to find a site like that, and then to find out they've been duped by little bits of truth wrapped in a steaming pile of BS... Since I make a living off of trying to solve the problems created by these people, who am I to question it?

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