Have just reinstalled Vista Ultimate x32 and all is running well except for
some unusual traffic requests which only seem to have when the 'Windows Media
Player Network Sharing Service' is running. When the service is enabled, the
Host Process for Windows Services (svchost.exe) attempts to connect to the
following two addresses:
A quick whois check tells me that the addresses belong to Akamai
Technologies but i'm unable to find a reason as to why svchost.exe is trying
to contact them. I'm aware of the vulnerabilities the process has with
regards to security so i've performed a full system scan with nod32 and my
system is clean. My hijackthis log is fine too.
If I stop the 'Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service' then restart, I
no longer have any prompts to connect to those addresses. However, as I use
the media sharing feature, I would like to keep the service active so I also
want to find out if those addresses are a potential risk or if it's
legitimate traffic so if anyone can help me, that would be great.
In the meantime, I have added both address to my firewall's block list.