Messenger acting as server ? OK

Posted on 2005-05-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
had a computer crash yesterday, when all started up again today zone alarm keeps alerting:

messenger trying to act as server
appln msmsgs.exe
source ip Port ( variable number)

W XP pro, latest version zone alarm, norton antivirus 2005
is it ok to allow this?
Question by:lkelly

    Assisted Solution

    I believe that this is the same message as norton internet secuirty displays about messenger attempting to "listen" to other computers. "msmsgs.exe" is a program produced by microsoft and needs to be allowed because without it, it can not sucessfully access the .net service and messenger will not function. Therefore I would call it a trusted application. "msmsgs.exe" is safe and allowable.
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    Accepted Solution

    Zonealarm has the tentency to trash the it's old database after a computer crash, check windows event manager for details, claiming it is corrupted.

    So you have to allow the usual program access to the internet.

    A program like windows messenger has of cause some server modules included, so it should be no risk to allow it running as server.

    You might want to check if that program is really windows messenger so just open ZA, go to Program control, select  the tab programs, left click on msmsgs.exe to select it, now right click on the icon to open the context menu, choose properties, now check the file location.

    Open the version tab, to make sure it came from MS.

    That should be all and enough to be certain.


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    Expert Comment

    Personally, I don't have anything on my home computer with server rights under ZA.  Messenger still works...  but have to admit I don't know about the whole .Net thing.  (I don't trust the Evil Empire for ANYTHING.)

    Author Comment

    many thanks for your help

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