Windows 10: Desktop (explorer.exe) always connected to Microsoft Solved

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  1.    29 Dec 2015 #11

    JohnOrion said: View Post
    I tried adding the offending addresses to my host file. Funny thing is.... I try to ping the address and it says its not a good address so the host file is working but ... check my monitoring program and the addy I added is connected to Explorer.exe and even if I kill it it just comes right back... connects fully established. Seems that Microsoft has figured out that people are blocking their efforts and has made it so their spying can bypass the host file.
    I know this is a little old but I wanted to explain why editing your hosts file didn't work. The hosts file is part of the DNS lookup process. What editing the hosts file does is it loads those addresses into your DNS Resolver Cache so that instead of going to your public DNS, it already has an IP for the hostname (try ipconfig /displaydns)

    Adding an IP/hostname pair to your hosts file simply loads those addresses into your DNS resolver cache. Simply put, the IP that is getting connected to by explorer.exe is probably getting connected to directly, which means it never goes through a DNS lookup.

    To see this in action, you can "ping google.com" and keep track of the IP that you ping. Then add google.com into your hosts file as 127.0.0.1. You will now be unable to ping google.com, but you will be able to ping the IP directly.
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  2.    26 Jan 2017 #12

    JohnOrion said: View Post
    As an update:
    I tried adding the offending addresses to my host file. Funny thing is.... I try to ping the address and it says its not a good address so the host file is working but ... check my monitoring program and the addy I added is connected to Explorer.exe and even if I kill it it just comes right back... connects fully established. Seems that Microsoft has figured out that people are blocking their efforts and has made it so their spying can bypass the host file.

    I did block all incoming and outgoing traffic for Explorer and then killed the connection and it would try to connect but wouldn't establish. So far, I have not found any problems accessing my network drives or even my personal cloud (open source... not SpyDrive) with Explorer so I guess blocking all access with your firewall is the way to go.
    I added the %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe program to be blocked by Domain, Private and Public in both my inbound and outbound windows firewall rules. I ended windows explorer process and restarted but the connection to MSN is still being established. Am I missing anything here?
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