I freshly installed Windows 8.1 on a new build about a week ago. Installed Steam, Chrome, Malwarebytes, and Skype, pretty much the only internet-accessing programs I have. My motherboard came with a "Killer Networking" function for Ethernet, but I do not use it and instead use its Intel Ethernet functionality.
I was looking through my Firewall settings today and noticed a few listings I'd not seen on my last 8.1 build (though I never really looked through my Firewall settings on it, to be fair). They were:
I've never seen or heard of these before today. I've never used any VPN software. Searching for these on Google (they were apparently common searches) revealed little information. Some links to Microsoft downloads, a few forum discussions. According to one person, they were related to Microsoft Apps on Windows 8/8.1 and were not harmful. According to another they should only be present if you've used VPN software - if not, something might be up. Another person on another forum gave advice to all users to block them on their Firewalls as "beneficial security tweaks." I've blocked them for the time being.
I did figure out that "Killer Networking" has a process open, which might be causing it, but I'm not sure. Computer's clean, with Malwarebytes and my AV reporting nothing malicious.
Are these exceptions normal, or should I be concerned?
Edited by Eorlingas, 20 November 2015 - 08:49 PM.