[Solved] "choice.microsoft.com" impairs my Windows 8.1 experience

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by iXVYiG, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. iXVYiG

    iXVYiG MDL Novice

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    I recently did a custom install of Windows 8.1 64bit Enterprise (12/15/2014 ISO).
    Resource Monitor (resmon.exe) shows connections to choice.microsoft.com for all browsers and bittorrent programs: standalone firefox.exe, tor browser firefox.exe, tor.exe, palemoon.exe, seamonkey.exe, qbittorrent.exe.
    Is this normal? Does anybody else see this? Can this silliness be disabled?

    (I have choice.microsoft.com blocked in HOSTS file, but Tor browser apparently does not rely on HOSTS.)

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    100 MDL Expert

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    And you probably have it mapped to 127.0.0.1, so the name is returned for a reverse lookup for 127.0.0.1.
     
  3. iXVYiG

    iXVYiG MDL Novice

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    Thank you very much! This indeed was the reason. I've added to the top of hosts file:

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    ::1 localhost #[IPv6]

    And problem is solved.