Should I allow this program?

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  1. mrfargoreed

    mrfargoreed Registered Member

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    I'm using a program called WorkPace Pro that helps repetitive strain injury. Although the program does not ask for internet access, I get warnings from my firewall:

    C:\Program Files\WorkPace, etc has loaded rec300.dll into (firefox, etc) using a global hook which could be used by keyloggers

    I know some programs need global hooks to run, and this program is designed to monitor my activities to help with the repetitive strain, but should I trust it? Having searched on Google I can find nothing malicious about the program and nothing is picked up by Ewido or NOD32.

    Any advice here would help as the program is extremely useful to me and I don't want to have to remove it from my system.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Stem

    Stem Firewall Expert

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    Re: Should I allow this prgram?

    Hi,
    I did install this program for someone,..
    I never came across anything suspicious, it installed a global windows hook (winutils.dll), but this is/was expected for a monitoring software.
    I did do some searches on the program and the dll`s used, but all appeared to be o.k.
    The program has never made any attempt to connect to the internet, and I do check the users firewall logs, and that has never made me re-look at this program.
    rec300.dll was not loaded into firefox, maybe different setup?
     
  3. mrfargoreed

    mrfargoreed Registered Member

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    Thanks for your informative answer Stem.

    I'm not quite sure about rec300.dll still, so will try to delete it (making a copy first, naturally) and seeing if the program runs without it.

    Otherwise it seems ok to allow this prog ro tun in the background ok.

    Thanks mate! :)
     
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