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WaltA

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ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« on: August 23, 2007, 06:47:22 AM »


          Hi,

            I installed Avast 4.7 home last week along with Comodo Firewall and when         

         I was approving the different programs to allow over the net, I noticed that

         ashWebSv.exe asked to be allowed to act as a server. I was wondering why.

           The reason I ask is that I see ip addresses that lead to various websites

        that sell products that relate to server operations. Unfortunately some of them

        are uploading large quantity's of information off of my computer. One of them

        is Cachenetworks.com which sell a program known as CacheFly. I think it,s

        some sort of quick download program like Bittorrent. This site uploaded over

       47,000 kb's of info from my computer and I don't like it. So can Avast work

       without it acting as a server? If it can I would just as soon prefer that it didn't,

       as I don't know what type of information is being taken or what it is being used

      for.

         I am a stand alone private personnel non business home computer, hooked to

      the web through a dsl modem and working behind an nat.

        I am running XPSP2 (all updates) I mainly use Firefox, but IE6 is primary

     Browser.

        I like Avast so far.It scans quicker than all of my other security programs.



       
 


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Re: ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007, 07:15:35 AM »
HI
I don't use comodo, but when I set up sygate the instructions basicaly said no programs needed server rights. Having said that, there are exceptions like limewire, shareza, etc.. Webshield (ashwebsv.exe) has been working fine.

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Re: ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2007, 03:57:23 PM »
ashWebSv.exe is the avast web shield and it is just a dumb proxy that filters http port 80 content. It doesn't initiate the connection just redirects port 80 traffic through the web shield proxy port 12080, so there is something on your system that is initiating these connections.

You can test it without server rights and see if it works or not.
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Re: ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2007, 05:17:00 PM »
ashWebSv.exe asked to be allowed to act as a server. I was wondering why.
WebShield acts like a local proxy and, maybe, Comodo is reacting to this.
Internet > WebShield > Browser. This is how the http traffic flows. Seems ok.
On contrary, WebShield does not scan outbound connections.
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Re: ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007, 07:35:46 PM »
I have Comodo + Avast Home and no, it does not ask for server permissions!

Something spooky there.

WaltA

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Re: ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 12:20:38 AM »


            Thank you  all for your replies. I'll try to and see if I can cancel the permission

         and see if it stops.

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Re: ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2007, 05:46:51 AM »
I have Comodo + Avast Home and no, it does not ask for server permissions!
Local proxy... it works this way, it asks for this kind of permition.
'Server' rights is common in ZoneAlarm usage, in Comodo the permition will be asked by inbound TCP/UDP connection.
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Re: ashWebSv.exe acting as server?
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2007, 01:40:24 PM »
It does ask. But only once.  You have to allow access.