bunnyt Posted July 20, 2006 Report Share Posted July 20, 2006 firstly thanks a lot to Firon and Switeck for their assistance/comments with regard to my problems in a previous thread - your help was most appreciated. u guys were right, of course, i don't have a router (only a vdsl modem that connects me directly to a LAN network) and i don't need to worry about port-forwarding. believe it not, now every time i check to see if my ports are open it is all green light and everything is go go go. hopefully my solution will help others who may be in a similar situation to myself - please read on even if you do use a router. i am a relative newbie when it comes to computers so you experts will probably immediately recognize where i was going wrong and what i should have done weeks ago.well, it has been days (nights) of hand-wringing, hair-pulling and generally kicking the dog all over the place and finally i'm green light and go - peaking at great speeds on multiple downloads/uploads again. there has been much talk of firewalls and the such and so even though i thought i had everything (windows xp2 firewall) set-up correctly i decided to disable it and see what happened - still nothing. i had huge numbers of available and open seeds but my whole torrent list was stuck at 0kbs d/l and u/l. perhaps for a minute or so when i first opened utorrent a slot would begin to u/l then d/l but hit a pathetic speed of 0.5 or maybe even 1.5 before dying shortly after. i read somewhere that you actually might have to uninstall windows firewall to completely remove that obstacle so i went back to my security settings and sure enough even though windows firewall was disabled the firewall notification above still showed as on (green). i clicked that one and noticed that it was a norton firewall that was still enabled. now, i had been having conflicts with norton each time i started utorrent with a permit/allow box popping up every second or two (even if i did select permit !) until i hit the ALT-CTRL-DEL to shut norton down. while this did stop that box from popping up it did NOT turn off the norton firewall (as i was to discover) ! (i told you i was a newbie !) now, even though i had tried to play around with norton settings i never had much luck but finally i worked it out. this is what i did -open up norton (norton systemworks premier 2005)click norton antivirus (on the left)click options (at the top)click norton antivirus (in the drop-down box)click internet worm protection (on the left)UNCHECK (remove the tick) "enable internet worm protection (recommended)"click "ok" (at the bottom)another box then pops up with a warning and an option for a time limit to apply to this new setting (i chose to restore the protection on my next system restart while my puter is running only utorrent at night)as soon as i started up utorrent and saw all was good and all those download and upload numbers fire up again it was time to party ! (after i had wiped the tears of joy away, of course)so, a couple of points to finish off -my computer may be at risk now but i started windows firewall back up and everything is still fine after allowing utorrent and TCP/UDP on the port i chose in utorrent in the exception settings. there are other ways to protect your computer - the list goes on but after reading up a bit (in forums like these) and speaking to people as well as checking the microsoft website, i have chosen spybot-search and destroy (free and recommended by microsoft, also i think it was firon who said he uses the immunize option of this) and ad-aware SE professional (recommended by microsoft) - this also has something called ad-watch which keeps an eye on things as you open them up too. spybot also has a very good forum similar to this one where there are experts to answer your questions and guide you through solving your problems. having had the frustrations i have had these past few days and trying to remove a nuisance trojan i found one particular thread to be most useful - http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=288 - this was a comprehensive computer scan where you save all the scan reports/logs and include them in a new post in the malware forum and the experts help you out.well, hope i havent broken any rules here, please let me know if i have. hope i have been of some help to some of you. thanks again to the experts here who put so much effort into helping us out - it must get frustrating for you to deal with so many incompetent computer users like myself and yet you continue to be so patient - good job !bunnyt Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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