I run a home network. I installed a genuine & paid for copy of Age of Empires 3 yesterday one one machine. I wish to play multiplayer across the LAN with my 3 sons who I consider are a bit too young yet to be safely playing freely across the internet via Microsoft's Gamezone.
For this reason I downloaded a no-CD fix for AoE3 v1.0
I searched google first and could find no indication that this file was infected.
On first use of the replacement exe file Zonealarm indicated that Age of Empires 3 was attempting to communicate with AVG. It was late and I was tired and I OK'd it without really engaging brain. It did not take many seconds for alarm bells to start to ring though....
As it was, my 'no-CD version' posted a version conflict with the original version on another machine and so would not multiplay. I packed up for the night having ensured that my PC was switched off and could not go communicating in my absence.
I tried again this morning. This time I got a Zonealarm alert that csrss.exe was trying to connect to the internet.
Now I know from a Google search this morning that csrss.exe can act as a Trojan or it can act legitimately.
My question is whether it is acting as a Trojan in Age of Empires 3 no-CD (I am very aware that other no-cd cracks are infected).
Neither AVG or PestPatrol pick anything up. But why would Age of Empires have wanted to communicate with AVG? Was this initial communication designed to dis-arm AVG?
Thanks for any help.
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro