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Vista SP1 explorer calls home when browsing any photos

By Mictlantecuhtli
Mar 28, 2008
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  1. Does anyone else have this annoyance?

    Whenever I select or open an image that Windows recognizes (such as jpeg or png), it tries to contact Microsoft. The process is either explorer.exe or dllhost.exe, I guess it depends on whether I just browse images in Windows Explorer so that they appear in the preview pane, or open them in Windows Photo Gallery. It also happens in all applications that have the standard file selection window.

    Blocking this in firewall results in a ten-second delay every time.

    I didn't have this before installing SP1...

    [​IMG]
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,617   +82

    I've heard they were trying to flatten out ****** copies of their OS and software. Now I see they're going to far. Which Firewall software are you using? There was once a file called Alexa on the system that used to call back to Microsoft. Anti-XP would remove that threat.

    [​IMG]

    I don't know if you can use this on Vista or is there one available for it..
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,355   +302

    Address: 207.46.192.254 -> Name: wwwtk2test1.microsoft.com
    Address: 131.107.115.28 -> Name: crl.microsoft.com
    you're certainly correct as to the destination!

    one alternative to firewall block would be to add these to etc\hosts

    127.0.0.1 crl.microsoft.com
    127.0.0.1 wwwtk2test1.microsoft.com​

    be sure to not only /flushdns, but stop and restart the DNS Client!

    the difference here is a firewall block will suffer a full tcp timeout, whereas the
    bogus hosts file entry will respond immediately (or almost).
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    Can anyone else confirm this in Vista?

    My suspicion is that the final version of SP1 doesn't do this, and just the early release does.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,617   +82

    Microsoft Gold Partners company I heard from someone that MS was cracking down on illegal copies of Vista. But those the real deal do you really want MS to know what you have on your system?
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,916   +9

    Well, I did have a pre-release version of SP1 when I made this thread, but now I installed the final release, downloaded from Microsoft's site, and it still tries to call home.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    Enabling logging with Vista's firewall I am unable to duplicate your results...

    Maybe microsoft's firewall doesn't log those on purpose :D
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,617   +82

    Which firewall are you using?
  9. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,916   +9

  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,916   +9

    So I guess I'm the only one here who has this "feature" ?
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    The built in Vista one.
     
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,916   +9

    Update: It happens without SP1 as well. I installed Vista Ultimate x64 RTM, without any hotfixes or vLite, installed Comodo Firewall, and tested some images. It still calls home.
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,490   +292

    Does the same 10 second delay happen if you physically disconnect from the internet? If so, then I'm sure several of us could test real quick on our systems (without trying to set up and read the advanced firewall in Vista or some 3rd party solution).
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