The other day I installed Asus Rog Gamefirst software for my motherboard and I was playing around with it this morning and discovered that Win8 creates a permanent TCP Connection to random IP address in this range of IP Addresses. I have smartscreen disabled. 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 I did an IP address lookup etc. Whois record : MarkMonitor is the Global Leader in Online Brand Protection. Domain Management MarkMonitor Brand Protectionâ¢ MarkMonitor AntiPiracyâ¢ MarkMonitor AntiFraudâ¢ Professional and Managed Services and OrgName: Microsoft Corp OrgId: MSFT Address: One Microsoft Way City: Redmond StateProv: WA PostalCode: 98052 Country: US RegDate: 1998-07-10 Updated: 2011-04-26 So it seems to me Microsoft is monitoring my internet connections through a third party. Should we be concerned?