After deleting a couple of files yesterday with 'kanecal' in the name, today I'm still getting the Avast 'Abort Connection' messages.
To clarify, I'm not visiting the offending/infected site. That's why the Avast warning messages were such a mystery when they first started popping up. I would have no idea that my PC is trying to connect to kanecal if not for the Avast alert messages.
I didn't recognize the name of the kanecal site when Avast first started issuing the warnings about a month ago, and I definitely wasn't trying to go there. After several days of the recurring error messages, realizing that they weren't transient, I Googled to see if others were having the same problem. There were only a couple of hits, one of which suggested 'repair' on Avast via MS Control Panel, and I did that. But the Avast messages have kept coming.
Finding no Google hits about a 'bad' kanecal site, I then (and only then) tried to access the actual site, to find out more, and perhaps determine if Avast had been issuing false positives. Avast blocked access, providing the same error/alert message I had been getting before, when not trying to access the site.
The Avast messages always occur two at a time, and for each of the duplicate messages, I select the 'Abort connection' option. The messages routinely appear as soon as I bring up IE, and then at seemingly random times during my IE session.
The Avast alert mesages do not occur when I bring up Firefox, and they haven't occurred during any of my Firefox sessions, but those are usually relatively brief, about an hour, compared to my customary all-day use of IE.
Apparently the kanecal site held something of interest for me a few years ago, because the two kanecal files I found and deleted yesterday were bookmarks.
Maybe a kanecal-related bad actor is running on my PC, trying occasionally through IE to connect to the kanecal server in the background. Is that kind of thing technically possible and, if so, why isn't it detected by my MalwareBytes or other full-system virus scans?
All of my system, firewall and virus software is up to date - Win XP Pro with IE7. The only thing I haven't updated is Win XP - still running SP2, not SP3.
Thanks for your interest and cycle time.