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4 hours ago, dcollins said:

What tool is showing we're reaching out to the site? Also, does this happen at the end of every scan for you?

My firewall is PC Tools Firewall plus :



I do not do frequently  a full scan (of a C drive), maybe this is first time in months, so I do not know if this will happen after each scan.

However is worth mentioned that Malwarebytes services is trying to connect now to 24 remote addresses on TCP80 and 1 remote address on TCP443 for which I did not get any explanation; all of them are blocked, MBAM updates properly.

I am eager to get an answer about MBAM connections to various remote addresses....(next week, as you said?)


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18 hours ago, lock said:

[C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-malware\Mbamservice.exe]  is trying to connect , at the end of a scan , with s2.symcb.com   (TCP80)

Several years ago , MBAM determined s2.symcb.com as being malicious ; today is sending data to it .

Hi lock:

It looks like those were false positive detections by Malwarebytes Web Protection and that *.smbcb.com was eventually unblocked.  See Clang's October 2017 false positive report FP ss.symcb.com about a similar FP detection.

See the DigiCert support article SSL Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) IP Addresses.  The domain *.symcd.com is owned by Symantec [or at least was until DigiCert recently acquired Symantec's Certification Authority (CA) digital certificate business as announced <here>] and that article suggests the following:


If possible white list the following entries on your firewall policies and/or access control devices to ensure seamless access to our OCSP services.


You might also want to read my comments in the Norton thread ocsp digicert com.  As far as I know OCSP still uses unencrypted (HTTP) connections instead of secure encrypted (HTTPS) connections, and it's possible your PC Tools Firewall Plus firewall doesn't like these HTTP connections and is preventing your Malwarebytes Website Blocking (or some other Malwarebytes component) from running a check to ensure the websites you are browsing have a valid digital certificate.  Also note that the Norton Community Watch (NCW) being discussed in that Norton thread would likely apply to Malwarebytes' Usage and Threat Statistics Reporting (Settings Application | Usage and Threat Statistics) as well.

This is probably an aside to this topic, but if you use a Firefox browser please note that Mozilla announced <here> on 10-Oct-2018 that they have decided to delay their distrust of any TLS certificates issued by the Symantec CA for the upcoming FF v63 release since a few popular websites still haven't replaced their old Symantec certificates with newer DigiCert certificates.
32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox ESR v52.9.0 * Norton Security Premium v22.15.0.88 * MB Free v3.5.1.2522-1.0.365

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2 minutes ago, lmacri said:

It looks like those were false positive detections by Malwarebytes Web Protection and that *.smbcb.com was eventually unblocked

Thank you for your answer!

*.smbcb.com  may have been a FP , but from being a FP to sending data to it , seems a long way.

I have Web Protection off om my MBAM; I will wait for clarification from staff regarding the 24 remote connections initiated by Mbamservice.exe on TCP80.


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