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WPAD being blocked - what is it?

My Daughter regularly gets the following message while whilst she uses her Win 8.1 computer:

xxxxx has attempted to visit the following Web site(s) that belong to the block Web site categories:

  • wpad  wpad/wpad.dat (Category: Uncategorized) 

What does this mean and do I need to be concerned?

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Kudos0

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

Hi benandaj,

Can you please check out the details of the web site by going to Activity -> Web online and click the arrow key next to the wpad website?   Does it show the exact URL to the website?

Thanks

Katie

Thanks Katie
Kudos0

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

Also been getting the same error for a few weeks now.

Web Activity for wpad

http://wpad/wpad.dat

Kudos0

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

Hi su-A-ve,

Norton Family captures the websites that were visited (allowed or forbidden).  Also, captures the embedded links in the web page. For example, an application in a website that checks with it's server by itself, Norton Family records this action too.  

If you are interested in knowing more about wpad/wpad.dat, please check out the links below.   You can find more about the subject by googling http://wpad/wpad.dat 

From Microsoft: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Cc713344.aspx

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Proxy_Autodiscovery_Protocol

Thanks

Katie

Thanks Katie
Kudos0

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

Hi Katie,

I'm aware of what it is (had already googled it). However, this started happening recently and for no other reason.  The question still needs to be answered.  Do we allow it or do we block it?

Kudos2 Stats

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

Hi su_A_ve,

Currently, this URL is categorized as “Unknown”.  We have made some changes to the categories of the URL and you shouldn't see the message for the URL anymore.  This change will be published tonight.

Thanks

Katie

Thanks Katie
Kudos0

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

I'm still getting several emails per day about this. Do I need to do anything on my end? I would block it but since there's a server error, I can't log in
Kudos0

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

Hi su_A_ve,

I'm not able to reproduce the error.  If you are still experiencing the issue, can you please send me your Norton Family account email address by private message via the forum by clicking Inbox at upper right hand corner?

Thanks

Katie

Thanks Katie
Kudos0

Re: WPAD being blocked - what is it?

Hi su_A_ve,

http://wpad/wpad.dat is an invalid URL.  We currently rate the valid link wpad.dat as Webapp.  That's why you still get blocked. For now, you can uncheck the box Uncategorized at House Rules -> Web online or ignore this URL if it is reported.

Thanks

Katie

Thanks Katie

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