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Firewall / Anti-Spyware / DRWTSN32.EXE

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  1. TechDoc

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    I am running Win XP Professional, Service Pack 2 on my Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop.

    1. Each time I boot the system, an error is detected with my Sygate Firewall: "Sygate Agent Firewall encountered a problem and needed to close. Please tell Microsoft about this problem... Send Error Report / Don't Send." I click on Don't Send.

    2. Then my anti-spyware software, Spybot - Search & Destroy, pops up: "Spybot - Search & Destroy has detected an impotant registry entry that has been changed.
    Category: System Startup global entry
    Change: UserFaultCheck
    Old Data: %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -u
    Allow change / Deny change"

    3. I notice the disk light on the front of the laptop is flickering unexpectedly, since there are no applications running. On opening Windows Task Manager, and clicking on the Process tab, I notice that most of the CPU (58-76%) is being used by Image Name DRWTSN32.EXE, and the Mem Usage is currently 132,756K.

    I have run AVG Antivirus, Spybot - Search & Destroy, and TuneUp Utility 2007 to clean the disk, clean the registry, and defragment the registry. I have uninstalled my Sygate firewall, rebooted and reinstalled Sygate Firewall. However, I still get the problems described above.

    I believe I have found a possible solution by running tests and DRWTSN32.EXE virus removal options described at http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/drwtsn32/. However, I am reluctant to do so without my secondary Sygate Firewall in operation (The primary firewall being Microsoft Firewall.) Also my Wireless LAN USB Adaptor ceased to be recognised at the same time this problem manifested itself. (I have not yet attempted to reinstall the driver.)

    So, I suppose my questions are:
    1. Why is there a problem with my firewall?
    2. What is the UserFaultCheck that Spybot detects?
    3. Why is Dr Watson being so active?
    4. Are these symptoms related?

    Your help would be very much appreciated.
     
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    Hello :)

    From the manner in which you wrote your intro post....are you running two software firewalls at the same time?
     
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    Yes, I am running two firewalls.

    It seems the Windows Firewall is adequate for not letting stuff in, but is hopeless when it comes to letting applications / viruses etc. from accessing the Internet and letting your stuff out.

    So I have it on good authority that a secondary firewall is recommended.

    BYW, I am intrigued to know what message you intended that required moderating "
    ( edited:........... for lack of insensitivity)"
     
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    It might also be an issue of possible conflicts.
    Myself, I turned off the Windows Firewall and run Kerio along with a firewall router.


    That's no moderator's edit....that's my signature :D_:D
     
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    I have just read some of your previous posts and quickly realised that I had misinterpreted your signature.

    Sorry for casting dispersions, I guess I have shown my naivety as a newbie!

    I have not been brave enough to turn the Microsoft Windows Firewall off. I feel that it might be offering some little extra protection. A bit like "belt and braces".

    If the Sygate and Windows Firewalls can run concurrently without conflict, as they are now once again, then I see no reason to turn off the Windows Firewall.

    Unless of course you offer me different advice.
     
  7. Stoner

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    Here's an expert giving advice at a Microsoft web page.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/expert/bowman_introtosp2.mspx

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    I have had several comments on that signature :D

    no problem :)
     
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