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owlster

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I have recently noticed (after reconfiguring my firewall rules from scratch) that my XP box (Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 1 Build 2600) tries to connect to sa.microsoft.com (207.46.226.40) whenever I Search>Files or Folders.

This is supposed to be a local function. Has anyone else noticed this? Does anyone know why this occurs? I would hate to think that Microsoft is attempting to capture data on all of my local file searches.

After the first occurrence I created a rule blocking this action, however my log shows this attempt every time. Blocking this has no affect on my search capabilities.
 

dvk01

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It's XP

It always tries to connect to the net so that if your query can't be solved locally it will find info at M$ database, it doesn't capture any data from your machine, it's trying to help you

I hate it and keep blocking it , but someone will pop up later and tell you how to overcome it

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I think it downloads the links that your search pertains to from the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Very useful.
 

owlster

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Thanks for the response guys!

dvk01 said "if your query can't be solved locally it will find info at M$ database, it doesn't capture any data from your machine,"

Doesn't the fact that it can look up the info in the M$ database mean that:
1) it would need to know what my search query was and
2) that it failed so it is then , indeed capturing data from my pc.

Suppose I was searching for "Jumping Jack Flash.mp3" , would not the name of the file that I was searching for then be submitted to the M$ database? To me that is a violation of my privacy. I may be paranoid, but M$ just announced software for RIAA use that would prevent users from copying their own CDs that they bought. Since they have shown cooperation with the RIAA and since the RIAA is now going after ISPs that allow their users to perform peer-to-peer file sharing of MP3's , couldn't they voluntarily (or by court order) make the database available for scrutiny which , to be functional as an aid to searching have to contain AT LEAST my IP address and my query?

And if I was REAL paranoid, suppose I allowed my local search query for _nsakey.dll go through the net? Who would get that data?

Nowhere on Microsoft's site can I find a reference to sa.microsoft.com so there is no privacy agreement to accept or decline. I will continue to have my firewall block this (in my opinion unsavory) action.
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I got mixed up. For some reason I was thinking of searching in the Help and Support section. Need more sleep!
 
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