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30 Dec 2010  

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
DNS client service repeatedly stopping and starting every 20 mins

Hi, first of all sorry if this is the wrong forum. I'm not sure if this is any cause for concern in any way, other than me just being paranoid, but in the past week (being someone who checks their even viewer probably a little too much) I noticed my DNS client service would randomly stop, start again a few minutes later then exactly 20 minutes from then stop again. But sometimes it will seem to stay running for exactly 40 minutes, then stop again, start and go back to stopping every 20 minutes several times then repeat. In addition wmiprvse.exe running under the network profile will also stop when this occurs.

It's kind of strange as it doesn't constantly happen and started recently at a completely random time, and sometimes won't start doing it until hours after my computer has been on, whereas sometimes it just immediately starts doing this. In truth if I didn't constantly monitor things for no reason I probably wouldn't notice anything wrong at all, it's only when I foolishly decided to check my routers firewall log to see that IP's from China, Taiwan and Thailand were being blocked by DoS protection often around the time this service stops, that I became overly paranoid.

I would hope these things have no relation and it's just coincidence that I see these entries in my routers firewall log around the time this happens, as neither my computers firewall or antivirus's firewall have ever blocked anything. I've read that firewalls block these port scanners and other traffic all the time, but it's hard for me to tell how often it happens as my routers firewall log is constantly flooded with my ISP's IP thinking it's trying to DoS me and doesn't have a history I can check to see if it really is just coincidence that these other Asian IP's are being blocked around that time because it's instantly erased by false positives.

I'd really appreciate some clarification on this and if it's anything to be concerned about.
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