Windows update statistics

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  1. Pfipps

    Pfipps Registered Member

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    Anybody know the purpose of statsfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net?
    Using a packet sniffer, it sends information about the type of computer I have, and the BIOS revision for example.
    Is there a way to turn this off, or is this considered "anonymous" information. I am well aware of fingerprinting, and that is why I am concerned.
     
  2. subhrobhandari

    subhrobhandari Registered Member

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    I dont know, but could it be that microsoft update is running and in that case it includes the hardware information for detecting possible updates of drivers?
     
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    If you don't allow Automatic updates, then i guess you could enter that www & any others into your HOSTS file, so it directs to for eg, 127.0.0.0
     
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    Hello Pfipps:

    I'm very sure some folks would like to block this one. 157.56.67.218 ? tcp/udp? Ports? Approximate frequency?

    Out of curiosity, did your sniffer report, and do you remember, your system's client application that originated this?

    Thank you. :)
     
  5. Pfipps

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    I used smartsniff from nirsoft, and the application was the windows update service, as far as I could tell. It appears to send out information about the exact
    model of pc, BIOS revision, and processor architecture in plaintext. There is also an encrypted part to the message. I have windows update to check, but not download
    updates automatically, and I think that's causing it.
     
  6. Pfipps

    Pfipps Registered Member

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    There's a few domain names for this service, I remember doing what you put here, and it went to another address. The only concern is that it might break windows update.
     
  7. Pfipps

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    I just tested it, I was wrong, it seems to only work when updates are set automatically, manual updating didn't trigger it. Edit: It seems I was right!, in fact it sends device information a couple times after every reboot. Turning off Dr Watson and auto windows updates doesn't stop it. It appears IP or domain name blocks are the only choices.
     
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