I connect to the internet via a Router with a built in Firewall. So, I have 2 Firewalls the windows and one bult into the Router.
yes, the anydvd icon is visible in my tray.
Hardware firewall NAT routers generally won't block outbound access for Anydvd. However, Windows firewall probably needs permission to allow Anydvd to connect, especially if access was denied previously. Anydvd checks for updates on startup (when it's first run).
By the way, most freeware firewalls (even Zonealarm) do a better job than Windows firewall.
Windows firewall does not block client-only socket connections. It will only prompt/block permission for apps that open server sockets (i.e. bind()).
O.k. thanks, I wasn't aware of that; I didn't realize the extent of how incredibly useless Windows firewall was.
Then I suspect the issue is that Anydvd checks for updates when the program is initially run (and not constantly while running, which perhaps the OP expects to happen).
I surmise that SlySoft doesn't make AnyDVD check for updates on startup, but more of a graceful every day or so.