Potential security breach

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Just happened to be checking my laptop AVAST firewall settings today,   and I totally by chance happened to spot something that I had never seen before,   and for which I have no idea to how long my computer has had this setting.    i.e. AVAST firewall setting states that my computer is currently connected to  "a firm which is a direct competitor" followed by the type ofEthernet Controller being used  (which upon a run of BELARC I have confirmed that the Ethernet Controller is the actual driver that my laptop is using).
Also,   it should be noted that I am using ATT DSL service.

Is this likely to be a clerical error of some kind by ATT?      

Or is this something which might be more sinister, and for which I should seek professional security review.     And if the likelyhood  of it being something sinister are high,  then what type of independent security expert should I be looking for??

It does not seem to me to be a good idea of contacting ATT about this,  UNTIL AFTER I have gotten confirmation from an independent expert.

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If you did not connect them, I would be concerned.

I set all clients up (and my home network) with a strong VPN router on my side of the modem. Then if someone logs into the outside interface, there is not much they can do.

In the above case, block that IP address and disconnect them.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer
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It does not seem to me to be a good idea of contacting ATT about this,

You're 100% right on that.  AT&T support, whether DSL or U-Verse, is completely helpless.

You might try:  Download a free copy of Microsoft TCP View, install it, and see what sites your system is connected to.  You can then see what your system is connected to, what program is connecting, and decide what to do about it.

Side note:  I don't like their coy, cutesy phrasing "a firm which is a direct competitor".  If you want to look at products from AVG or Panda, that's your right.  You own the system.  Aside from that, a security system which does not tell you what the exact problem is in plain English is not doing its job properly.  I'd look for a different product.

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In researching this question, I found out that Avast bought AVG recently.  https://press.avast.com/avast-announces-agreement-to-acquire-avg-for-13b
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