Persistent "allow 9009" listed in Windows Firewall


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So I happened to look at my firewall today when setting up a NAS unit. I found about 60 entries of "Allow 9009" in it, each one of them both public and private. Confused by this I deleted them all and then rebooted. Checking again, one had come back. I rebooted again, and now I had two of them...

A little online research led me to Gigabyte's GCloud software using port 9009 in the PC. Having a Gigabyte motherboard with the Gigabyte App package installed, I uninstalled it, thinking that my problem would go away. No dice. "Allow 9009" came back into the firewall as soon as I rebooted.

A little sleuthing on the internet led me to a program called Pichat, which is a text messaging platform of which there is almost no information on the internet. Suspicious, I ran every port scanner, process explorer etc. I had at my disposal to try and find out where this thing lived. After an exhaustive search, I could not find it, so I thought that it must have come bundled in an application. The only app that I had loaded in the last two months was the new WinAmp release. I uninstalled it and rebooted and lo and behold, the "Allow 9009" did not come back. This leads me to believe that Winamp is also using port 9009 in the PC, but very suspiciously. Whatever is loading "Allow 9009" into the firewall exceptions list is doing it by subverting the usual UAC safeguards. I have never received a notice from the firewall that something was added or wanted to be added.

So at this point, I am suspicious of Winamp using this port and automagically adding port 9009 at every boot, bypassing UAC. I like Winamp and I would like to be proven wrong. Perhaps the new Winamp uses Pichat, I don't know. In any case, it's unfortunately going to stay off my system for now.

Which leads me to ask a favour from anyone using the new Winamp: Could you check your firewall and see if you have multiple instances of "Allow 9009" in your exceptions list? I would like to confirm that what I have done to my machine is correct, and that I am concerned about the right software package. I would like not to point fingers, but the evidence at hand sort of supports my position.

Thank you for reading this far.
 
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Hi Catnip,

I also found this in my firewall settings
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I am not running Winamp but I do have Gigabyte's GCloud running.
gcloud.jpg
Using the power of google I was able to confirm that it was a Gygibyte app causing the entries to the firewall.
I ran Powershell as admin and first ran this command:-
Get-Process -Id (Get-NetTCPConnection -LocalPort 9009 ).OwningProcess
and then this:-
netsh http show servicestate
and amounghts other things returned this:-

Code:
Request queue name: Request queue is unnamed.
        Version: 2.0
        State: Active
        Request queue 503 verbosity level: Basic
        Max requests: 1000
        Number of active processes attached: 1
        Processes:
            ID: 16576, image: C:\Program Files (x86)\Gigabyte\GService\GCloud.exe
        Registered URLs:
            HTTP://192.168.182.1:9009:192.168.182.1/
            HTTP://192.168.4.2:9009:192.168.4.2/
            HTTP://127.0.0.1:9009:127.0.0.1/
            HTTP://192.168.229.1:9009:192.168.229.1/
I dont know if it is worth posting on Gygibyte's forum but it looks like GCloud is the culprit.
 

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I don't have such port open. I do however have all ports(TCP and UDP) open for WinAmp which I think I accepted at first run years ago. Not sure what WinAmp is needing this for though...
Also looking at any app or service that uses this specific port (9009), I get nothing. 😄
 

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Further investigation reveals that there are multiple reports of Gigabytes GCloud module opening up port 9009 multiple times without UAC prompt. I don't have any Gigabyte products, so this is most likely why I don't see these FW entries.
 

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