Taskhost requesting internet access

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by Platoon, May 21, 2012.

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  1. Platoon

    Platoon Registered Member

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    Hello Wilders,

    I got a popup from PrivateFirewall warning me that taskhost.exe was attempting to connect to 63.245.217.161 through Firefox. It's the first time ever I've seen taskhost trying to connect so I blocked it. When it happened I was indeed with a sandboxed Firefox window open. However, why did taskhost try the connection? The taskhost.exe path is C:\Windows\System32 which, I reckon, is the correct and "safe" one.

    Now the odd bit is that 63.245.217.161 is a Mozilla ip. I've scanned my computer with Mbam and Avast and nothing showed up. There are no start up entries, strange process or services running.

    I did a search and found a topic related to taskhost, but unfortunately there isn't much info.

    What's going on? Should I worry about it? It only happened once, but better safe than sorry. I'm on Windows 7 HP x64.

    Thanks.
     
  2. treehouse786

    treehouse786 Registered Member

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    i had the a similar alert from comodo firewall, i allowed it as i was sure it was to do with firefox too. i would not worry about it :thumb:

    taskhost is used as a host for processes that run from dll's rather than exe's
     
  3. Platoon

    Platoon Registered Member

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    You're probably right, treehouse786. Thanks.
     
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