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Windows 7 Pro is contacting sites in China, Ukraine, Poland and other Eastern Bloc countries.

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We have a few Windows 7 Pro laptops that are configured to auto-start the VMware Horizion client.

The Windows 7 Pro PC firewall is disabled, since the users do not access the OS.  They only have the option to connect to the VMware Horizon connection server for their Virtual Desktop, which is accessed over a Verizon VPN.

Recently we have noticed, on our domain firewall, that a few of these systems are attempting to connect to IP's in China, Poland, Ukraine and other Eastern Bloc countries.

Since there is no direct user activity on the Windows 7 Pro laptops and we are connecting to our Horizon View desktops through the VPN we would like to find a way to block all IP address except the local network and one External IP.

Any suggestions?
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I'd get rid of the virus or malware infestation that is causing this behavior instead, and then there will be no outgoing attempts.
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by:Ambonia
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Malware bytes did not detect any infection.  Should have mentioned that before.
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by:Dr. Klahn
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imo, the only plausisble reason that a system would be trying to contact ex-USSR countries is if it is infected with something.  Try Spybot - S&D, and use some of the various online virus scanners.

The fact that a virus scanner and Malwarebytes do not find an infection does not mean that there is no infection.  Infection databases are never complete due to the Day Zero problem, among others.  There is also infective software now that runs in several pieces, all of which are innocent, until they amalgamate and then the total effect becomes hostile.
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The vehicles are currently out of the office.  I will run additional utilities and update.  Won't be till Thursday or Friday though.
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Most virus scans are about 92% effective.
You need to run two or three to be sure.
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The Windows 7 Pro PC firewall is disabled, since the users do not access the OS.  They only have the option to connect to the VMware Horizon connection server for their Virtual Desktop, which is accessed over a Verizon VPN.
That is a very bad misconception since the users do access the OS the only difference is where their keyboard, mouse and display device are. The OS also connects to the internet.  Since you already know that something is connecting to an ip in another country you can see which IP is doing the connection concentrate your efforts on the machine that is doing the connection
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Thank you David,  We have identified two of the systems.  We cloned one of the devices from another laptop and are waiting to see if we are getting the rogue access.

This is an interesting setup in that we have Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon involved for our connections.

Going forward we would like to adjust the windows firewall to block everything but the connections we need.
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by:Giovanni Heward
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When you get the chance, I suggest you scan all running processes with VirusTotal, on each machine you've identified.  This service uses over 55 antivirus products simultaneously to determine if malware is present.  The process is easy when using Process Explorer.

You can also use TCPView to identify which processes are communicating to the foreign IP addresses.
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The clone of the system resolved the issue. However the suggestions given are correct procedures if cloning is not an option.
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