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Program OFFSPON.exe trying to access internet

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  • Hi,

    I have a dell pc with microsoft office starter 2010. When I run microsoft word, my McAfee firewall asks me whether I want to allow file named "OFFSPON.exe" to access the internet. Since I didn't know what this file is meant for, I click "Block Access" in the McAfee firewall warning popup. The problem is that after I block the access to the above said "OFFSPON.exe", I am not able to connect to the internet. I have to reset the McAfee firewall in order to get back the internet connectivity. So I have 2 questions.

     

    1. What is OFFSPON.exe and why is it trying to access the internet. (It resides on my Q:drive which is a pre-installed protected partition for Microsoft Office Starter 2010)
    2. If I block this program, why does the internet connectivity goes down (or rather why McAfee firewall doesn't allow internet access).

    regards,
    Nirvan.

     

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 7:27 AM

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  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for the post!

     

    Since you mentioned that the OFFSPON.exe is pre-installed in your Microsoft Office  Starter 2010, I recommend you ask this question in Office Forum, to  find if it’s a part of the Office Starter and what the function is.

     

    Regards,

    Miya


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    Friday, December 17, 2010 8:36 AM
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  • If you were already on this page, AND you work for Microsoft (and certainly must have some understanding about program functions), why not just answer the question on the spot? Since other people search with their search engine for the same problems (and it is probably a very common search), it would behoove you and your company to post a relevant answer (instead of directing them somewhere else). Don't know the answer? Look it up! Ask someone else! Certainly you work in some sort of office building with many people to ask.
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:54 PM
  • Sorry for marking this thread by mistake, I’m going to unmark it.

     

    Since Microsoft has lots of products, I’m focused on the Windows 7 and not familiar with Office products. The reason why we recommend posting appropriately is you will get the most qualified pool of respondents, and other communities who read the forums regularly can either share their knowledge or learn from your interaction with us.

     

    Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

     

    Regards,

    Miya


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. | Please remember to click "Mark as Answer" on the post that helps you, and to click "Unmark as Answer" if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Thursday, December 23, 2010 2:04 AM
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  • I agree the the prior post from the person who asked you why you didn't even send them to the correct department.  So your focus is on Windows 7....so you don't have access to who can help with the question. I recieved the same errors ...this is crazy.  I need to know where to go to get help!
    Monday, January 17, 2011 9:53 AM
  • And MicroSoft wonders why people are fleeing their products by the drove.
    Friday, April 29, 2011 7:49 PM