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Why do I see googletalkplugin.exe connected to a malware site?

So just a couple days ago, I notice that my Internet speed might be a little laggy. I had recently installed Lord of the Rings Online which uses a P2P network for serving files. They claim it doesn't affect your performance but it really does so I immediately killed it after install (killing PMB.exe seemed to do it). So when I noticed slow speeds again, I thought I better check my netstat to see if some LOTRO program is running again.

I run netstat -a -b -f. Option -a for all (includes listening ports), -b to get the process name the port is bound to, and -f to resolve IP's to hostnames. Browsing around I see that a program named googletalkplugin.exe is connected to 007guard.com. I'm immediately suspicious as I've never been to this site. I kill the GTP exe only for it to pop right back up again. I get a bit more anxious. I always keep MS Security Essentials running in the background and use Chrome for everything so I consider myself decently secure, but not im…