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Lots of traffic between server and internet causing very slow surfing.

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Hi,

I have a windows 2000 server with Exchange 2000 installed. Users have experienced very slow internet surfing recently.

The network connects to the Internet via an ADSL Draytek router. I have shut down all machines and what I notice is that there are lots of packets being sent and received between the server and router. In fact the server is sending twice as many packets as it is receving. This is contineous and never stops

So far I have:
shut down all the exchange services
Virus scanned the server
Rebooted
All security updates have being installed

I have used network monitor to capture some packets and I always see the source or destination port as SMTP. Our Exchange server downloads via POP3 so I am unsure why I keep seeing this. Does anyone have any further ideas on how I can solve this?

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by:adamdrayer
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Sounds most definately like a virus. Try the following:

1. Make sure your virus definition files are up to date (Viruses may kill the update process)
2. Reboot into safe mode and run a system scan again
3. Get a 2nd Opinion from an online virus scanning system like http://housecall.trendmicro.com
4. Run AdAware http://lavasoftusa.com and SpyBot http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html to check for other types of nasties
5. Run HijackThis http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html and get the log file analyzed here:
http://hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english
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by:adamdrayer
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sorry, the AdAware URL should have been http://www.lavasoftusa.com
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by:Danbrasco
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I think the problem is to do with the SMTP connector. Under Default SMTP Virtual Server \ Queues there are hundreds of SMTP connectors. I guess these are messages of some sort but I am unsure. They all say Small Business SMTP connector - (website name).

It seems at first glance that my server is being used to relay spam but the I disabled relaying when I first set it up. How do you think all these messages got here? Is there a way of manually deleting them?
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How To Block Open SMTP Relaying and Clean Up Exchange Server SMTP Queues on SBS
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=324958&product=sbserv2003
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by:Danbrasco
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Many thanks for this.

I spent a lot of time on this but finally managed to get it solved. Problem is, I still don't know how they managed to use my server since I had all the settings for relaying disabled.

Will have to do some further research.
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