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Sygate: "Someone is scanning your computer"

I use Windows XP SP2 and have Sygate (free version) operating as my firewall.

I frequently get the Sygate tray icon 'flashing silver centre' indicating, according to Sygate's Message Console, that either "someone is scanning your computer" or some kind of "Hijacking" is going on.

How do people react to such messages, since they would appear to indicate some kind of violation which may or may not be dangerous?

Any enlightenment/advice greatly appreciated as I am on a learning curve in this area, since letting NAV go.

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Hi sjos

In reply to: Sygate: "Someone is scanning your computer"

I have never used Sygate myself so I don't know it's options but it sounds like it is doing it's job. I would imagine that the help file with the program would tell you more.

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sygates security log and ip address....

In reply to: Sygate: "Someone is scanning your computer"

is there an address with the "scan"? there should be one in the sygate security logs, you can jot it down and use an iptrace for example http://www.network-tools.com/ to trace down the possible source of the scan.
just because your computer is scanned doesn't necessarily mean someone is trying to hack into your system. Your computer was probably one of thousands that just got scanned looking for open ports. For example, in an effort to combat recent malicious computer viruses and worms like Nimda and Code Red, some Internet Service Providers routinely scan computers on their networks in an effort to identify systems at risk and proactively warn their customers that they are at risk.
Contact your ISP and see if they scan in such a way

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Sygate

In reply to: sygates security log and ip address....

Hi SoJos

I have used and am using Sygate 5.5 for sometime now.

When I get the alarm on the task bar I acknowledge,it gives me the security log I hilite the entry and click trace when the panel opens I click who is it and it displays the name and IP address of the company scanning the ports.

These are normally advertising company's or my ISP.

I suggest using the test system to assure your ports are stealthed. I have not had any intruders enter my computer since using Sygate.I use 5.5 instead of 5.6 because my Windows Me will not scandisk with the 5.6 installed.

Hope this helps
Ray

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Thanks guys. Ray ...

In reply to: Sygate

... I'm using Sygate 5.6 with IE 6 (XP SP2) and, to further underline my "noviceness", when I try to take the online Security Test scan (the stelath test you mention?), I get the following:

"Trying to find out your computer name...

Unable to determine your computer name!

Trying to find out what services you are running...

Unable to detect any running services!"

I do seem to have one particular persistent visitor, which is by the looks of it another ISP, a competitor to one I use.

Maybe, it's not the big problem I thought it could possibly be - at present anyway.

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