strange outbound connection on Windows XP to Microsoft

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Fly, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Fly

    Fly Registered Member

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    On this WIN XP box I have disabled all (automatic) updates. There would be no point anyway, since updates are no longer provided.

    After a new installation of Eset Smart Security version 8 while having the firewall at interactive mode, I get a strange outbound request to download.windowsupdate.com (IP number) port 80 by 'generic host process for win32 services'.
    At times I get a different outbound request for a 'generic host process' but this one is the most common. Of course I could set to firewall to automatically allow it.

    Let's keep in mind that this is a WIN XP box, not WIN 7 or 10.

    Is there any sensible explanation for this behavior ? At best, it seems unnessecary.
     
  2. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

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    Did you disable only updates or Automatic updates service also? If not, I would suggest you disable service also.
     
  3. inka

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  4. Fly

    Fly Registered Member

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    Thanks.

    Well, the system hasn't complained it's not up to date.
    The update service was set to automatic, I just changed that. Thanks again. I'll see if that changes anything.
     
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