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Windows firewall question?

By ingeborgdot
Oct 29, 2005
  1. I want to know how important it is for some of these to be in the exceptions list of my firewall. One I am not even sure what it is (C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe). Here is the list of exceptions I just found in the list.
    avginet.exe
    bonjour
    file and printer sharing- off
    internet explorer
    itune
    microsoft directplay voice test
    remote assistance
    remote desktop
    run a DLL as an App
    UPnP framework
    Windows Media Player
    Yahoo!FT Server
    Yahoo!Messenger
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    The first question is Are you wired through a router? If not, then you are exposed for
    remote assistance
    remote desktop
    run a DLL as an App
    UPnP framework
    Yahoo!FT Server​
    and would delete these and keep 'file and printer sharing' off. Your system can be directly attacked.

    If you have a router with NAT and assuming you've not activated any port forwarding, then your list is ok. Personally, I have a router and ONLY enabled
    file and printer sharing for my internal LAN systems.
     
  3. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 434

    I have a wireless router from SBC(2Wire). I have it secure. Do you know what the run a DLL as an app is???
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    OK :) you're safe then.

    'run a DLL as an app' is a Microsoft goofy way to package an application. The sad part is, it's difficult to SEE or know what's going on.
     
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    I have seen this for active web pages
    uses scripting method for browsers and browser activated app's.
    I have noted some programs are written almost entirely
    with java and xml .
    I turned of this in one of my machines and have not seen any issues other than some web pages freeze up ,it must be noted that the pc did not freeze and I was able to close the window and keep the app running (windows 2000 pro spk3)
     
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