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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 6:14 am

I had TCPView (by Sysinternals) open yesterday when I started Firefox. Besides the normal expected talkback connection firefox invoked, two other connections were made. They were "s3.amazonaws.com:http" and "po-in-f91.google.com:http". Each one lasts a few minutes, then disappears.

Some research determined that "po-in-f91.google.com:http" is part of Firefox's forgery/antiphishing feature (Tools>Options>Security tab). Even when "Check using a downloaded list of suspected sites" is checked, a connection is made occasionally to update the list. Ok, cool with me. It has a purpose making a connection, so no problem.

I still haven't determined why the "s3.amazonaws.com:http" is made. S3 (Simple Storage Service) is an online storage web service offered by Amazon Web Services. There is a Firefox plugin (S3Fox) that uses this service, but I've never used it.

So my question is, why is Firefox connecting with "s3.amazonaws.com:http"? What's it's purpose?

I generally don't like connections to my comp unless I know there's a reason. :)

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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 6:21 am

Got any toolbars installed?
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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 7:07 am

No sir, no toolbars. I don't like 'em, I don't do 'em. LOL
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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 7:12 am


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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 7:32 am

Thanks, Gingerbread Guy, I'll go through that link right now. I'm sure this is gonna be something simple. LOL
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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 8:05 am

You're welcome.

Also have a look at Notable uses of Amazon S3. If it still doesn't offer a clue as to what's going on, go to Tools > Add-ons > Extensions and disable all extensions, then restart Firefox. If the connection is still made, you may have a Live Bookmark that relies on it. If the connection doesn't occur anymore, you'll have to re-enable your extensions one at a time to find the culprit.

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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 9:08 am

Found it!

It was just part of the home page I use (reddit.com). I worked down the list you linked to. I knew about loopbacks, I don't do live bookmarking, and I keep automatic updates off. Next was the homepage section. Selected 'blank' homepage and didn't get the 'amazonaws' connection. Selected a few other sites and only once got 'amazonaws'. Re-selected Reddit again, and there it was. So, I'm happy. Reddit, as well as the other site I stumbled upon, seem to use the S3 service. All is right in my little corner of the world again. LOL.

Yeah, while researching this, I read alot of good stuff about S3. I figured it wasn't a bad thing I was getting connected to, I just wanted to know why.

Thanks, again, Gingerbread Guy, for helpin' me out!

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Post Posted May 21st, 2008, 9:31 am

You're welcome :)

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