Howdy All -
I’ve got the strangest of problems brought to light by Comodo’s Network Defense and am hoping I can find a guro here who can provide some insight. Here’s the poop: Whenever I start IE8, anywhere from 50 to 150 oubound connections (TCP) occur under iexplore.exe. Many are duplicates or triplicates of the very same IP Destination. They generally drop off after five minutes or so to the point where Network Defense shows only one or two active connections. Bytes in and Bytes out are very small, so I know information is not flowing in and out of my machine.
This started last week after Comodo performed an automatic update. I’m running 3.10.102363.531
Now I know many first thoughts would be malware, virus, rootkits or all of the above, but I am almost 99.9% certain my machine is clean. I’ve checked, rechecked and checked again with multiple scanners and everything keeps coming back clean. Hijackthis shows nothing unusual. I think something has flipped its lid, but I don’t know where to begin to find that flipped lid
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don’t know where else to turn. . .