|Subject:||Skype forming connections to myriad PCs on Internet|
|Date:||Tue, 24 Feb 2009|
I downloaded and installed Skype. Before I ran it for the first time,
I ran "netstat -b" to learn what connections had been made
to/from my PC, which is running XP SP3. The list was very minimal.
After I run Skype, the list of connection ballooned
to include a large number of PCs, many of them
seemingly home PCs.
So, I changed the settings in Skype to prevent
people who are not in my Contact List from trying
to SMS me or make video calls. I thought that
would fix things.
While the list was greatly shortened, it is by no means
without questionable connections. Here's a combined list
of the various connections I discovered since imposing
Key point: There is no one on my contact list who is a user of
AOL or Optonline or RoadRunner.
TCP mypc:3994 ool-182d5c0e.dyn.optonline.net:54223
TCP mypc:4030 aolclient-24-33-83-203.cinci.res.rr.com:
16323 TIME_WAIT 0
TCP mypc:4050 dhcp.212203.en-tel.net:28645
TCP mypc:4054 163-158.static.quiettouch.com:http
TCP mypc:4056 Wireless_Broadband_Router.home:2555
TCP mypc:4061 Wireless_Broadband_Router.home:2555
TCP mypc:4100 cpe-071-076-173-218.triad.res.rr.com:
64776 ESTABLISHED 3704
TCP mypc:4104 22.214.171.124:15219 ESTABLISHED
TCP mypc:4112 Wireless_Broadband_Router.home:2555
Can anyone explain if this is a known Skype problem and if so,
what's the cause?