What could be causing my apps to accept connections to use local ports in sequence? Below are some more details.
Thank you for any help.
I run on XP Pro on cable with no other PCs or devices attached to the network.
I use the free FILSECLAB firewall. My firewall is ANTIVIR. For my browser I use OPERA and my newsreader is NEWSBIN PRO.
I have scanned my PC for viruses and for other malware or adware.
The monitor feature in the FILSECLAB firewall shows that simply to do their work, the browser and newsreader are accepting connections which come into my local ports numbered 1030, 1031,1032, 1033, etc. The sequence is not precisely followed but more or less that is what is happening.
It doesn't seem like a port scan as it seems too slow and anyway it is closely correleated with my own use of my applications.
But it seems very odd.
Each time I boot the PC and launch Opera to Google somewhere, there is a pause for a second or two for this FIRST web page and the status line says: "Connecting to
What could be causing this sequential use of local ports? Is it something I might have set in XP's registry?