No problem, I’m hangin’ with you here; don’t worry about being a newbie to CPF…
Please do the following:
Go to Security/Network Monitor, check all of your rules which are flagged for “Out” and make sure the box next to “Allow” is checked for “Create an alert if this rule is fired.” This way you can see in Activity/Logs what is occuring. I’ve attached a couple screenshots. On the Activity Log, the lower section of the screen shows the details; the very last entry gives the reason (what Network Rule) caused the entry. You may have stuff connecting that’s slowing down your performance… The Network Rule screenshot is just there for point of reference, to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. After you’re satisfied with performance/connection issues, you can uncheck the outbound logging if you want (obviously it will be creating a lot of log entries).
Personally, I’m suspicious about YahooPops (I’m suspicious about a lot of things, LOL). I’ve used OE extensively with multiple web-based email, and never used any other additional interface to retrieve those emails for me; it can do it without them. What this means functionally is that OE, which is your email management program is connecting to the internet through YPops, which then acts like a proxy server to your web-based email, to retrieve your messages. This means instead of one program directly accessing, you have two… Not only do we have more resource drain, I have found that these extra programs frequently eat a lot more resources than we want them to. Just IMO.
Sometimes with software, a little “burp” within the computer on installation can cause some annoying problems not resolvable by any means other than reinstallation. Which can be even more annoying…
The arrows on the alert boxes typically show multiple processes/services for the application being activated - these relate to the Component Monitor (where you’ll see a “ton” of entries that have been authorized). If you just click “Allow” on the popup without looking through the arrows, it will automatically allow all of them.
Oh, and I don’t usually run combined In/Out rules in the Network Connections. If I need both for one type of connection/port/etc I create two rules which are identical except for the In or Out aspect. This way (for one thing) when a log entry is created, it’s easier to tell which happened…
When you’re going through the logs, you have have to check some of the IP addresses to see what they are. You can disregard 127.0.0.1 as that’s an internal loopback (if you see them, you can disable that by going to Security/Advanced/Miscellaneous and checking the “Skip Loopback…UDP, TCP” boxes; that will speed up performance as well). If you’re behind a router (not referring to a modem, but a dedicated router) you will see a connection to that as well (and when you check the IP, you’ll probably get some sort of error); depending on the router you may be looking at something like 192.168.1.1.
You can monitor the Connections under the Activity tab, to see what’s connecting at any given point in time. Watching Windows Task Manager as well will help show where your resources are if you experience slowdowns.
I just realized that’s quite a bit; sorry, I don’t mean to overwhelm you. My mind got to working and just I kept going…
Check your logging.
Check for Loopback connections.
See what is connecting.
There, I’ve color-coded it… ;D
Then let’s see what’s happening.
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