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Kudos0

SkypeHost firewall alert

What should I do here then? I only have 36 seconds left to decide.....

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Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

when in doubt you may 'allow once' or 'block once' > and see/edit rule in Firewall > Program Control.   Or, Stop Timer.

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/why-5

Re: Why?
Posted: 26-Sep-2016 | 9:54AMPermalink
"Winstore.mobile.exe" does not contain a valid  digital signature. These alerts will be shown when an application without a valid digital signature is accessing the internet. In order to stop seeing these alerts, you can check "Do not ask me again" checkbox or alternatively Settings->Firewall->Advanced Program Control->Change "Low Risk Applications" setting to "Allow".

Re: Why?
Posted: 05-Nov-2016 | 2:48PM • Edited: 05-Nov-2016 | 2:54PM • Permalink
peterweb:
Maybe we have to ask Microsoft why the store does not have a valid digital signature. It is their app.
Norton just reports what it finds.
+1
A surprising number of Microsoft apps in Win 10 are not digitally signed: These include live.com (windows communication app),Microsoft Office Hub; Microsoft Office One-Note;Microsoft Windows Feedback Hub;Microsoft Maps; Microsofr Zune Video;among others.


http://www.ghacks.net/2016/02/27/disable-skypehost-exe-windows-skype-on-windows-10/

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

I have this same issue with both Skype and Windows Store.

Also, your solution of 'Block Once' just isn't viable, at least with Skype, because the popup just comes immediately back, no matter how many times you press Block Once (well, I only did it 4 times before I got annoyed and Blocked Forever but had the impression it was never going to stop asking).

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Why do you want to block Skype? If you do not wish to use Skype then merely uninstall it. Firewall rules can be found under settings/ firewall/ program control

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Thanks for the suggestion but I need Skype for occasional business calls overseas.  However when a Norton pop-up tells me that the software possibly isn't safe, I need to be able to block it until I'm sure it is.

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Skype is complete and legit software. Microsoft also owns Skype so you do not have to block it. No reason to block software you know is safe.
Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

How do I know it's safe?  How do I know it's not been compromised somehow? 

Why doesn't it have a Valid Digital Signature?!

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Skype has never been comprised since it was made. 99% of software does not get compromised. Browser's can get high jacked and things such as Java and Flashplayer have security holes. I have never seen legit software compromised. If you doubt it then why use it? You can always upload the file to Virustotal.

https://www.virustotal.com/

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

So what you're saying is, ignore Norton's warning, and test it on Virus Total instead? :)

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Reverend2010:  Also, your solution of 'Block Once' just isn't viable, at least with Skype, because the popup just comes immediately back, no matter how many times you press Block Once (well, I only did it 4 times before I got annoyed and Blocked Forever but had the impression it was never going to stop asking).

Okay, I don't run Skype so, I wouldn't know for sure, for your scenario.   I've used Block Once okay.  I prefer Allow Once.  Then, I'll see next time program tries to call home.  I'll often reset firewall anyway so, no biggy.  YMMV

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

No I am not saying ignore the warning. But Skype is legitimate made by Microsoft. Now if you saw an alert saying "xyz123.exe is trying to go outbound" then block that and worry. But anytime you do not know what a certain software is you can upload the file to Virustotal.com and check it's integrity. In order for you not to trust Skype it would have to be exploited. Now if you saw an alert stating "Skype is trying to connect to joesmith.com" then I would worry,. 

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Similar thread. The screen shot/ alert shows you everything to need to know. Skype is calling out from a users pc's to Skype.com. In the other thread Skype is calling out to XBOXlive.com. Both are legit alerts. 

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/file-insight-skypehostexe-winstor...

Kudos1 Stats

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

In the other thread Skype is calling out to XBOXlive.com. Both are legit alerts.

and if you do not use Xbox Live....then disable three Services. 

Kudos1 Stats

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Hello

Windows 10 has a Preview version of Skype that was released with the Anniversary Update according to my son. If you see long distance calls made with Skype, then I would block the phone service. If you can do manual updates to Skype, then you don't have to install the phone part of the program.  If you do have Skype, the way to keep the program safe, is to check weekly for program updates. There is an updater in the program. Go over the Options also. I have the ads blocked, can't use the homepage, but no loss with that in my opinion.

Thanks.

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Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Why do you want to block Skype? If you do not wish to use Skype then merely uninstall it. Firewall rules can be found under settings/ firewall/ program control

American forum will not sustain Russian "Vasya with Vodka".

The legitimacy of the software must be proven - 1, 2 - a man absolutely true thinking of the decision to block the software without a digital signature (well done), 3 - problem only in Microsoft laziness.

P.S. skypehost.exe=True Skype, buga-ga-ga .  And the server name and file name can be faked. Listen Norton! 

Kudos0

Re: SkypeHost firewall alert

Hi all,

the latest Norton product Update will fix it once and for all.

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