Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Network Programs

This section provides a tutorial example on how to use Forefront Software Explorer tool to review all network connections from and to a single program.

The Software Explorer tool provided by Forefront Client Security can be used to exam network-connected programs that are currently running.

1. Run Forefront Client Security.

2. Click the "Tools" menu, then the "Software Explorer" link You will see a list of startup programs by default.

3. Select "Network Connected Programs" in "Category". You will see a list of programs that are currently connected to the Internet.

4. Locate and click "Skype: 4700". You will see detailed information about Skype, including its network connections:

Protocol  Local Address     Foreign Address    State
UDP       0.0.0.0:443       *.*                 
UDP       0.0.0.0:20425     *.*                 
TCP       0.0.0.0:80        0.0.0.0            LISTEN
TCP       0.0.0.0:443       0.0.0.0            LISTEN
TCP       0.0.0.0:20425     0.0.0.0            LISTEN
TCP       (local IP):49174  (remote IP):40024  ESTABLISHED
TCP       (local IP):49177  (remote IP):12350  ESTABLISHED
TCP       (local IP):49183  (remote IP):443    ESTABLISHED

I am surprised to see that Skype uses 8 network connections. Need to do some research to find out why so many connections are running to run Skype.

5. Review all other programs in the list.

The picture below shows you Forefront Software Explorer displaying detailed current network conections for a single program on Windows 7 system:
Windows 7: Forefront Explore Network Programs

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Windows 7: What is Forefront Client Security?

 Windows 7: Forefront Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: Forefront Configuration Settings

 Windows 7: Forefront Full Scan

 Windows 7: Forefront Log Files

 Windows 7: Forefront Software Explorer

Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Network Programs

 Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Winsock Services

 Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials

 Windows 7: What Is Windows Defender

 Windows 7: Turning on Windows Defender

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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