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Kudos0

allowed windows explorer to access network resources

The last few days I've had odd things show up in my firewall log. Yesterday it was software loopbacks (and connecting to physical gateway) upon starting PC (Windows 10). This morning, no loopbacks or physical gateway connections, but rather "you allowed Windows Explorer to access your network resources"?? I did a Norton File Insight into 'windows explorer', it is a trusted program (green), but insight said that 'fewer than 5 users have used this file'?!? This file was discovered yesterday by Norton after I was away from PC and came back and my PC had 'rebooted', without permission by me. There was a cumulative Microsoft security update yesterday. Could this be part of that?? I read the release notes, but didn't see anything about it. Also prior to this, my OneDrive has been popping up and wanting my password to login (even though I have OneDrive turned off). Anyone else having this? Should I just block Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer)? I have file sharing turned off. There should be no reason why it should need to access network resources?! Thanks...

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Re: allowed windows explorer to access network resources

I got that same Windows Update reboot yesterday evening. So it is probably what you are seeing about the Norton File Insight message. Explorer was probably updated, and does not have the reputation in the Norton Community yet.

Should I just block Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer)? I have file sharing turned off. There should be no reason why it should need to access network resources?!

Windows Explorer needs to access network resources if your computer is on a network, so any shared computers can be displayed in the Network section. Even if you have sharing disabled on your computer, you can still access shares on other computers. This is a Windows feature and best left alone.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: allowed windows explorer to access network resources

I agree with peterweb: none of that sounds like anything to be concerned about.  Norton History is just that - history.  Norton is monitoring your system and connections, allowing and blocking things as necessary.  There is no need to take any user action after the fact.

Kudos0

Re: allowed windows explorer to access network resources

ok, thanks for the reply

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