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Extraneous I/O activity?
« on: October 29, 2003, 07:01:23 AM »
Anyone know why Outpost Firewall, which seems to do some I/O every 4 seconds, triggers AVAST Home 4.1.289 on a quiet Win98FE system.  Results captured with Filemon.exe

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12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   GetAttributes   
12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Open   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   OPENEXISTING READWRITE DENYWRITE    
12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Ioctl   C:   SUCCESS   Subfunction: 08h   
12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   Get Modify   
12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   End Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   Beginning Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Read   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   Offset: 0 Length: 512   
12:45:49 AM   Outpost:FFFE90CF   Close   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   CLOSE_FINAL   
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   GetAttributes   
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Open   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   OPENEXISTING READWRITE DENYWRITE    
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Ioctl   C:   SUCCESS   Subfunction: 08h   
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   Get Modify   
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   End Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   Beginning Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Read   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   Offset: 0 Length: 2620   
12:45:49 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Close   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   CLOSE_FINAL   

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2003, 12:13:37 PM »
I'm not sure but seems that your firewall is being notified about avast! updates... Do you use a dial-up or a permanent connection to the Internet?
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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2003, 12:22:11 PM »
I'm not sure but seems that your firewall is being notified about avast! updates... Do you use a dial-up or a permanent connection to the Internet?

Permanent cable connection.  FYI the log is from oldest (top) to newest (bottom)

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2003, 12:26:39 PM »
Just changed the options to include millisecond to the log
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   GetAttributes   
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Open   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   OPENEXISTING READWRITE DENYWRITE    
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Ioctl   C:   SUCCESS   Subfunction: 08h   
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   Get Modify   
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   End Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   Beginning Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Read   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   Offset: 0 Length: 512   
6:24:52.636 AM   Outpost:F7557987   Close   C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   SUCCESS   CLOSE_FINAL   
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   GetAttributes   
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Open   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   OPENEXISTING READWRITE DENYWRITE    
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Ioctl   C:   SUCCESS   Subfunction: 08h   
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Attributes   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   Get Modify   
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   End Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Seek   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   Beginning Offset: 0 / New offset: 0   
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Read   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   Offset: 0 Length: 2620   
6:24:53.211 AM   Ashserv:FFFE8213   Close   C:\PROGRAM FILES\ALWIL SOFTWARE\AVAST4\DATA\AVAST4.INI   SUCCESS   CLOSE_FINAL   

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2003, 12:40:18 PM »
Will desinstalling and reinstalling avast! work?
Try avast 4.0 Uninstall...

I'm using ZA with no such trouble with avast!
Maybe you can make a search in foruns to Outpost Firewall and see if anybody related a similar trouble...  ;)
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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2003, 01:03:10 PM »
Will desinstalling and reinstalling avast! work?
Try avast 4.0 Uninstall...

I'm using ZA with no such trouble with avast!
Maybe you can make a search in foruns to Outpost Firewall and see if anybody related a similar trouble...  ;)
I'll hold re-installing as a last resort. It took me awhile to get Avast working the way I wanted, and I don't want to mess with success.

Which version of ZA are you running? Iwas a long time ZAF user, but switched to Sygate  then Outpost.

I cross posted this topic on Agnitum's forum, maybe someone over there has an answer.  



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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2003, 01:19:32 PM »
This "problem" is not related to Outpost in any way. It's normal for avast to periodically touch its avast4.ini file (it's not triggered by Output), just like it's normal for Outpost to periodically touch its update.ini...

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2003, 01:33:10 PM »
This "problem" is not related to Outpost in any way. It's normal for avast to periodically touch its avast4.ini file (it's not triggered by Output), just like it's normal for Outpost to periodically touch its update.ini...

Do you care?
Vlk ;)

Yes, I care, but I may be unable to do anything about it. I keep overhead to a mininimum on my geriatric 300mhz chip. However, when I terminate Outpost, Avast's activity totally stops.

C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\AGNITUM SHARED\AUPDATE\UPDATE.INI   was added to Avast's excluded files; rebooted system; no change.      

Are you saying Avast! hits it's avast4.ini file every 4 to 5 seconds? That's what shows on my system monitor.

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2003, 02:14:07 PM »
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Are you saying Avast! hits it's avast4.ini file every 4 to 5 seconds? That's what shows on my system monitor.


I wouldn't be too surprised... but maybe only under Win2K/XP. Under (geriatric ;D) Win98 it behaves differently (the Standard Shield's are very different).

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However, when I terminate Outpost, Avast's activity totally stops.

That is an interesting point (you didn't say that in the original post). In this case I guess there must be some connection -- try e.g. pausing the Standard Shield and/or terminating the whole on-access protection to see if it has any effect...

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2003, 03:27:01 PM »
That is an interesting point (you didn't say that in the original post). In this case I guess there must be some connection -- try e.g. pausing the Standard Shield and/or terminating the whole on-access protection to see if it has any effect...

Thank you for the suggestions

1. Stopped Standard Shield - no change
2. Stopped Onaccess protection and exited - no change

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2003, 03:32:25 PM »
3. Stopped Outpost - BIG change?
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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2003, 03:53:07 PM »
3. Stopped Outpost - BIG change?
Ummm.. How do I do that?  I can't find a close request or a flag that says do not run on next boot. Maybe I'm just missing something.  Can I safely close ASHMAISV in the Task manager???

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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2003, 04:27:56 PM »
I meant the Outpost firewall ;)
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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2003, 08:30:25 PM »
Which version of ZA are you running? I was a long time ZAF user, but switched to Sygate then Outpost.

My version is the last freeware one (3.7.211)  ;)
For your answers to Vlk I suppose the trouble remains in Outpost Firewall...  :-\
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Re:Extraneous I/O activity?
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2003, 03:18:16 AM »
I meant the Outpost firewall ;)

Oops I was in a hurry to get out of the house when I read that message.  ::) That info was posted earlier.

When I terminate Outpost, Avast's activity totally stops.