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New to this forum, guessing I should have been here a couple of years ago.
I started a small business 4 years ago, running a website from home. I did that because its completely dynamic and that's what gives us our competitive edge. I am actually a coder rather than a webmaster and so have had to learn as I went along.
I am running Tomcat accessing an Oracle DB in Windows XP Home. All on the same box along with the mailserver and an ftp server. I am using Norton Internet Security 2003 as the firewall and virus checker.
It's all been running ok for a long time. I sometimes have to reboot the computer or restart the webserver Tomcat when I add new bits.
...but now its all going horribly wrong! For the last week, roughly every 7 hours the outgoing traffic seems to get blocked. I can see the requests coming in as a little alert from Norton shoots across the screen, but it never reaches Tomcat - I can see that as I have been running Tomcat on command line to si can see whats going on.
Restarting Tomcat doesn't help, nor does switching off the firewall (just to test it) - Only rebooting the box helps. Virus checkers don't find anything.
I know I need to get this hosted and set up a better infrastructure - at least separate boxes for each server, but right now I need to fix this and I really don't know how.
Can anyone help? Is this the right forum?
Perhaps you might think about renting a dedicated server? They're not that expensive now, depending upon how much management you require - if you're happy to do almost everything you can rent a server in Canada for $99 US (!) a month.
Norton Internet Security 2003 as the firewall and virus checker
I use the corprate version of these. We have the ability to "roll back" DAT file defs. Maybe roll those back, if you have the ability, and see what happens. I think it is the firewall portion myself though. If you can disable that as a test, if you have a second defense (hardware firewall).