The point I'm making here is that simple connection attempts occur with ever-increasing frequency as more people...
scan each other's systems looking for possible openings, or as software, such as Kazaa brazenly looks for fellow participants. The important issue is: are they actually connecting to a service you don't want them to connect to? You can determine what ports are open or listening (meaning that someone could potentially connect to them) by running PORTQRY.EXE (you can also download this tool from this link). Netstat also provides information on listening ports and connections (at the command line enter netstat /? to see how to use netstat in Windows 2000).
If you haven't already, you should visit Kazaa to learn more about this peer-to-peer sharing program. Yes, it does listen on port 1214. You'll find that it's legitimate software that must be downloaded. As such, your antivirus scanners are not going to see it as harmful, and thus not detect it. It is also possible that you downloaded it without realizing it while obtaining some free software to be used for some other purpose. If you are running the software and do not wish to delete it, you may be able to reduce these attempts to connect to your system. Visit the Web site and read the manual -- look for information on "supernodes."
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