First off, I am not downloading anything ... well, except web pages as they load up
I have run peer guardian for a while to block HTTP requests that shouldn't be happening and all kinds of IPs from trying to communicate with my PC
(Blocking 2,569,383,897 IPs).
Just in case you don't know, PG2 has all kinds of lists that you can download and update including ads, edu, gov, p2p, spy, trojan, spider, trackers,
I somewhat expect Microsoft Corp hits that get blocked a little (not really, but I try to give them some benefit of doubt).
What I don't understand is why Princeton, Colorado State Univ., Univ. of California Office of the President, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Stevens Institute
of Tech, Univ of Rochester among many, many over time ... but those were just tonight within a very short time from each other.
What acceptable purpose would they have for TCP and other requests to my computer?
It reminds me of a thread I recently read talking about control, internet 2, and colleges.
This makes a slight case for it (though a shaky one) ...
Could someone please explain why so many computers your are not directly trying to interact with, are silently interacting with your computer?
I suggest everyone try it out and see for themselves who is trying to get in. Let it run for a few days, then go back through the list in view
history ... you may be surprised. Make sure you activate the edu list ... you can also add some other lists in the list manager (that are
pre-defined ... or link to a site you know of that keeps an updated list).
It could be why some people have intermittent internet problems ... someone is using up their connections doing something the owner knows nothing
Use a program like rainmeter and keep an eye on your outgoing bandwidth. I noticed when not in use, I was having regular outgoings that was not
authorized by me
I don't know ... I don't see any legal or logical reason for a spider to be hitting my HD.
Don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself and see.
I would love an non-intrusive explanation ... but I just can't see one.