WPAD.dat 404 errors flooding IIS logs

I have a server running Windows 2003 R2 SP2. This is my production web server. Starting on 9/9, the IIS logs have been filling up with errors about a wpad.dat file. I've scanned the machine for malware/viruses with a few different programs and they all come back clean. I've attached a screen shot of the errors. Any help would be appreciated.
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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
This is not a virus or malware.  The devices hitting your web server and looking for a wpad.dat are attempting to find a web proxy autodiscovery file... aka: wpad.dat.

link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Proxy_Autodiscovery_Protocol

I'll assume that your production server is visible to the Internet and these hits are coming from only external IPs, correct?

The IPs shown in your log example are both from ISPs that provide Internet access:

Name:    cpe-172-250-71-253.socal.res.rr.com  (This is Road Runner, possibly in Southern California)

Name:    pool-71-165-79-166.lsanca.fios.verizon.net (this is a Verizon FiOS customer)

Is your website using "www.YourDomain.com" or "YourDomain.com" for name resolution?

One possible way to mitigate this is to create a wpad A record entry in your external DNS zone that points to "".  This way if an external device is doing a wpad probe, they won't pick up on a wildcard hit on your domain.  Using "YourDomain.com" is a essentially a wildcard (catch all) entry.

You could block these IPs from accessing your website using "IP address and domain name restrictions: functionality in IIS Manager.

Link:  https://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/128d26dd-decb-42f9-8efb-30724d1a2f29.mspx?mfr=true


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alfred_itVP, ITAuthor Commented:
Our site uses www.YourDomain.com. I didn't setup the * record. The IPs are all external IPs from various providers. I guess I could block them, but I'm still wondering why this is happening. This is new as of 9/9/15.
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
I could be a simple hack attempt.  There are a few known wpad.dat hacks that exist.  It could be an attempt to see if your server is vulnerable.

alfred_itVP, ITAuthor Commented:
I just blocked the IPs
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