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Spooler SubSystem App?

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Spooler SubSystem App?

ZoneAlarm alerts me occaisonally (when logging on, Windows XP) that 'Spooler SubSystem App is trying to access the Internet'.

ZoneAlarm AlertAdvisor suggests that Spooler SubSystem App should only need access permission if I have a network printer or to download e-mail from an Exchange server. I use neither of these (although use Outlook but it is not running).

The IP address it is trying to connect to is 212.159.11.150 which (from Ripe lookup) is/are a/the PlusNet Virtual ISP Portal servers.

My question is what is this needed for - should I allow this?

Dave
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Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

Spooler SubSystem App?

Actually it's trying to do a DNS lookup to a DNS server which you should no longer be using.

I would check your ADSL hardware and Windows config to remove any trace of DNS server IPs 212.159.11.150 and 212.159.13.150. Where possible, have your router/modem get the DNS servers automatically from PlusNet or configure it or Windows to use one of the following 2 DNS server ranges

212.159.13.49
212.159.13.50

212.159.6.9
212.159.6.10
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Spooler SubSystem App?

Thanks for your prompt reply Peter. My router is using 212.159.11.150 and 212.159.13.150.
Should I now use ( for example) 212.159.13.49 and 212.159.13.50 or 212.159.13.49 and 212.159.6.9.

As a matter of interest, why are things still working for me on the old ranges (presumably they are still 'active'). I should imagine that many people like myself are still using the ranges they were given (or 'found') when joining PlusNet several years ago!

Thanks,
Dave
Community Veteran
Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

Spooler SubSystem App?

The 11 & 13.150 DNS servers are being decommissioned so should not be used anymore. They were meant to have been switched off by now but for some reason they are still there. There have been several service status announcements over the past 6 or so months but if you never view them you won't know about the changes.

You router should have an auto assign or get automatically from ISP or something similar for getting the DNS IP addreses, which you need to set. Thus, should the DNS servers change again or additional servers added, they will be assigned to you automatically. If you want to set it manually then you can use any 2 out of the 4 of one of the two groups as they are all identical systems.