Windows 8 Phoning home with explorer.exe thru TCP as well as UDP Connections

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by mtrai, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. mtrai

    mtrai MDL Addicted

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    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.

    157.54.0.0 - 157.60.255.255

    I did an IP address lookup etc.

    Whois record :
    MarkMonitor is the Global Leader in Online Brand Protection.
    Domain Management
    MarkMonitor Brand Protection™
    MarkMonitor AntiPiracy™
    MarkMonitor AntiFraud™
    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?
     
  2. boxr

    boxr MDL Junior Member

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    Did you ever find out what this connection was seeing as you had smartscreen disabled?
     
  3. boxr

    boxr MDL Junior Member

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    He says it was disabled in his OP.
     
  4. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Oh! my mistake...
     
  5. boxr

    boxr MDL Junior Member

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    Annoying that neither have a conclusion though this one says he had smartscreen disabled so i don't know what to think.
     
  6. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    pisthai Imperfect Human

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  8. boxr

    boxr MDL Junior Member

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    So this markmonitor is built into windows 8 as standard and is different from the smartscreen?
     
  9. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Sorry, I talked about NSAuditor which isn't Wireshark! Don't mix that up.

    And I also wrote that you could use NSAuditor fully as trial, which means you didn't need to pay! Got to the website of NSAuditor and check it out!
     
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  10. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Did I? If so, please point me to the right direction!
     
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  11. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Not sure that Wireshark is better than NS-Auditor. Personally I use the full version for year's already and it also has some features Wireshark didn't have. And I'm not somebody who refuse to pay for stuff which do the work I need from it. That I could deduct the cost via my company makes it even more easy to pay for it!

    And I frankly would also ask you to use a bit more friendly language while communicate with others or would you like that everybody talk to you as you talk to them? Please be polite, thanks.
     
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  12. boxr

    boxr MDL Junior Member

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    Does windows 8 continually access MarkMonitor and exchange data?
     
  13. parapher

    parapher MDL Senior Member

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    Some people are 'right' in the technicality of a thing, but completely wrong as human and social beings toward others. Then think what is more important in a life. Imagine the mentality and emotional maturity of a person who goes through life that way. Padded bank account? Maybe. Personal credibility? Not so much.
     
  14. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    you certainly wanted to post here don't you? Phoning home is something for guys like ET :D
     
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  15. parapher

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    @PaulDesmond: I'm glad you agree that attitudes such as the ones I described equal the end of the world :D
     
  16. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    cannot confirm firefox blocking the site. here it works just fine
     
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