Outbound connection on port 7001 (UDP) by msnmsgr.exe?

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iCE

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When I open MSN Messenger, my firewall reports an outbound connection on port 7001 (UDP) by msnmsgr.exe. I have been unable to find out what msnmsgr.exe uses this connection for. MSN Messenger seems to work fine if I block the connection. Does anyone here know what it’s used for?
 

iss

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When you block this does the ad box(on the bottom) in messenger go blank? my first thought is that it is connecting to MSN for the ad box.
 

Phantasm66

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The port is a registered port,

afs3-callback 7001/udp callbacks to cache managers

according to here.

The situation as far as I am aware is this:

The callback is needed so you can know when your cached file is updated. The point is that you are absolutely sure when your cache-file is up-to-date. The files are cached locally even when they are not used and they stay in the cache until they get garbage-collected (because of full cache) or until you get a callback.

Although it may appear on the surface that MSN Messanger is working properly with this port blocked, my guess would be that due to the nature of what I have posted above, there IS the possbility that you will have an out of date cache with this program and something COULD go wrong.

I would allow the program to access the port.
 

iCE

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No, the advertisement is still there. I think the advertisement uses TCP port 80 HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol).
 

Refwhett

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Building up on the msmsg port subject.
What port does the program use whne connecting to other computer for video and voice chats?
 
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