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#1 semmel

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:35 PM

Hi,

I sometimes see entries like this or similar at clients:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = localhost

Sometimes it also points to 127.0.0.1

Is this something to be worried about?

Could some malware redirect all internet through itself with this code?

Thanks!

#2 Abhorsen

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 06:59 PM

Hi semmel,

That's a legitimate entry.

Quoted from Bobbi Flekman, one of the Experts here:

A Proxy Override is just for the Ooperating System to know when to use a proxy. If you use a proxy at your ISP (meaning outside of your house) and you develop websites. You try them out at your home computer (localhost), it is kind of meaningless to first go to your ISP who relays the message to your home address! So you want to overide the proxy on all localhost addresses... By the way, 127.0.0.1 is your localhost.

People (like me) can run their own proxies to filter the bad. I use Privoxy to filter ads and assorted crap out of my Internet experience... I also use a proxy in the form of a spambuster to intercept spam before it ends up in my mailbox. There are many communication utilities that act as a proxy.






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