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Offline Dch48

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Why so many Connections?
« on: June 19, 2010, 06:02:49 AM »
Is it really necessary for AvastSvc.exe to make so many different connections from so many ports to Avast!'s servers? This really seems excessive and the picture doesn't even show all of them. There were about 10 more.
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Re: Why so many Connections?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2010, 07:13:56 AM »
Running IP traces on these connections I get the following:

204.2.199.56    Akamai
96.16.99.43      Akamai
72.14.204.148   Google
64.233.169.148  Google
205.128.73.126  Level 3 Communications
209.84.20.126    GTE Intelligent Network Services
65.212.121.144  The Weather Channel
63.111.74.121    The Weather Channel

Why in the world is Avast! connecting to these places? The Weather Channel? I know Akamai is a company that facilitates delivery of web content including advertising and we all know that Google collects information for advertisers. Are we submitting information to advertisers without knowing it and is this how AlWill makes enough money to give away the Free Antivirus product? I expected to see the IP's trace back to Alwil or Avast! but not a single one did.
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Re: Why so many Connections?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2010, 07:29:02 AM »
Seriously ???

The Weather Channel?
That certainly seems odd.

If so, I at least want my local dopplar radar in the Avast! UI ;D
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Re: Why so many Connections?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2010, 07:56:12 AM »
these are web shield connections, Avast is not doing that ::) Avast "adware" connections if any are launched by AvastUI, not svc. Close your browser and look at you connection list again, wait a minute and see what's closing...
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Re: Why so many Connections?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2010, 08:55:38 AM »
these are web shield connections, Avast is not doing that ::) Avast "adware" connections if any are launched by AvastUI, not svc. Close your browser and look at you connection list again, wait a minute and see what's closing...
Ahh  It looks like you're right. The connections change depending on the web page you visit so it most likely is the Web Shield doing it's job. All is well then but it did seem strange  ::)
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