I just put a fresh install of XP Home SP2 on a new laptop and it came with WMP 9. Since I had been using WMP 10 on my old laptop, I downloaded WMP 10 from Microsoft and installed it. Then every time I opened WMP 10, a ZA Program Control message showed that WMP wanted to access the loopback adapter and then the internet.
The first time I allowed it, I allowed the loopback adapter (127.0.0.1:1134) and then I allowed it to connect to 22.214.171.124:80. The destination DNS listed in ZA says www.go.microsoft.akadns.net. And that IP shows as being for MS Hotmail: http://ws.arin.net/whois/?queryinput=126.96.36.199
The second time it wanted to connect, I blocked it. The entries were 0.0.0.0:80 and 127.0.0.1:1548.
The third time, I allowed the loopback adapter (127.0.0.1:1548) and then I allowed it to connect to 188.8.131.52:80. The destination DNS listed in ZA says activex.windowsmedia.com.akadns.net. And that IP shows as also being for MS Hotmail: http://ws.arin.net/whois/?queryinput=184.108.40.206
Then I *removed* it from the Program Control in ZA.
At this point, WMP stopped asking to connect every time I open it. (Which seems good -- but I'm not sure how I got it to stop...)
Anybody know what happened and if any/all of this was safe or not to do?
Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)