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I get a failure notice during operation of my Win98. The notice pops up quite randomly and you can only click "OK" and nothing really happends. So it doesn't really matter, but I am curious about what it is.

The message is: "Listen On Port[], Socket[] failed"

Can I stop this message from popping up?
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Question by:esisa
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by:trekie1
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sounds like something like ICQ or someother program is set to listen for modem dialup,and then start,,,,go to start /run and type msconfig   click on startup tab and see what all is listed,,,,all thats really necessory is systray,,,uncheck all and add back whatever you want till you find the culprut.....
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by:trekie1
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should be add back one at the time ...
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by:dew_associates
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It sounds as though you may possibly have a virus or trojan on your system. Generally ICQ and the like won't popup that type of message.

If you are familiar with the Windows Registry, check the "run" sections to see what may be running. You might want to check the system.ini file as well.

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by:ThePunisher
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agree with dew_associates.  A good idea would be to port scan your own machine and see what ports are configured for listening...also check the win.ini file...
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by:mukunth
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To add to the above comments:
As suggested above,it looks like u have a trojan/virus in u'r system.Click on start-->run and type msconfig.Click on the startup tab and check for any suspicious programs.If u find any uncheck them and reboot.
Also immediately after a boot u can press ctrl+alt+del and check for any suspiciously named programs.
Cheers.
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by:esisa
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I am not very familiar with the Windows Registry, but as I ran msconfig I found some strange looking startup programs. I'll try to remove these and see what happends.

ThePunisher! Can you tell me some more about this porting you are talking about?

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esisa

Click Start, Run and type in regedit

Navigate to this area of the registry

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Check and see what may be loading there.

There's another called Runservices, check that one as well.

Another favorite for some of these trojan programs is the WIN.INI file.

Click Start, Run and type in sysedit and click OK

Click on WIN.INI to bring it forward.

Now check and see if there is anything in the load= or run= line.

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by:esisa
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Ok, sorry about this taking some time!

I found out that I get this message because of MSN Messenger in the startup(Removed it in msconfig).
Can I remove this problem without removing the software or do I have to reinstall it?

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by:dew_associates
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esisa, I would at least try upgrading it to see if that will fix the error. If that doesn't work, then uninstall msn messenger and reinstall it.
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by:esisa
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I have upgraded it, but that didn't fix it. I'll try to reinstall it.
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by:dew_associates
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Do you have some type of personal firewall on this system?
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by:mukunth
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Remove MSN completely and then try reinstalling.
Also as asked above,do you have any kind of personal firewall on your system.If so find out whether it is blocking MSN.
Cheers.
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by:esisa
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Thanks everybody!
It worked when I reinstalled the MSN messenger.

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