They say that my IP address has been hammering their server. They posted a warning a couple of weeks ago - I didn't realize it was MY IP address they were complaining about. When it dawned on me that it was me they were yelling at, I emailed the guy and he appologized. Now this morning, I'm banned.
I have not been hammering their website - visit regularly to check for updates to the software I bought from them but that's it. The software is Windows based BTW and I run it under Virtual PC.
I didn't know I had a static IP, I'm not hammering him - wouldn't know how to do that, I would find no joy in doing that.
Somebody who knows more about this than I do, please advice me where to start tracing the problem. It's not me, who is it, how could they be using my IP address?
And there's a possibility that it's someone else sharing your ISP or network who is doing the dirty... If you are at college, for example, all of the dorms will look to the outside world as one IP address. Same with a corporate network or a shared wireless network -- it's all one to the outside world.
I tried resetting my modem and didn't get a new IP, so I called the ISP and they associate an IP address with a MAC address - in other words a static IP. I didn't know they were doing that. My previous ISP was using dynamic IPs.
Got them to give me a new IP so whatever was happening, can't be happening now.
I emailed with the owner of the site and he didn't do much beyond noticing a lot of traffic from this one IP and got upset. He's a solo shareware developer who has a pretty good product (not internet related) so I made nice with him and we're going to leave it at that.
I also reset the security on my router just in case someone was using it.
I was wondering if some nefarious person could just pick an IP at random and then spoof his equipment to make it look like it was coming from that bogus IP without even knowing where the real IP was located - ie someone on Mars wanting to create havoc just making up an IP to hide behind??
For now it seems to be working so I'll leave it alone.
And remember potentially your Windows installation on the VirtualPC could be zombied or infected with spyware. I don't know what if any protection running inside a Mac offers to Windows. I do know that it is unlikely for a VirtualPC user to have kept Windows up to date and installed all the security that a native Windows user has to.
I wondered about anti-virus and spyware on Virtual PC too. I haven't installed anything to take care of that. I think Windows is updating itself regularly. I tend to leave it running and it will just shut itself down every couple of days and then when I go to use it again it will tell me that's it's been updated.
I guess I'd better look into anti-spyware and anti-virus - yuck.
Download LittleSnitch and see what, exactly, is phoning whom, exactly. I'm not sure what kind of report you would get from an application running on your Windows emulator, it might just say "VirtualPC" rather than the app from within Windows, but at a minimum you will know what is coming from whom.
In Demo mode it will quit after 3 hours, which should be enough time, but if not you could restart from time to time and see.
The other suggestions regarding keeping Windows up-to-date and clean are just as important; Virtual PC is no different than a real PC as far as spyware/viruses/trojans/etc goes, and if you allow it access to the internet then it can do the same as a PC on the internet does.