Re: My ISP closed some ports need help!

Richard E. Silverman sez:
.... It's very easy for
> uninvited software to get on a Windows box. Certainly it's nice to be
> alerted to unusual outbound traffic -- but that's often not going to be
> useful, as the malware will often use protocols the user will also employ
> constantly, such as HTTP.

Yes, but they tend to work on "executable -> connection" association
rather than plain protocol/port. The alert you get is "program foo
is trying to access the Internet" and you can stop and think "hey,
what's that foo, I don't remember installing it".

Obviously, malware can alter its argv[0] etc., but this does
catch some things.

The most horrifying thing about Unix is that, no matter how many times you hit
yourself over the head with it, you never quite manage to lose consciousness.
It just goes on and on. -- Patrick Sobalvarro