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Windows 7: Windows Creates Random Network Connections


02 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows Creates Random Network Connections

Hello users of Windows 7 Forums. I registered today here, because I am encountering an annoying problem on my computer, to which I haven't found a solution yet, even though I tried to search it on Google and found nothing that works properly.

The problem is that I recently installed Windows. I always do it with the network cable unplugged (I don't know if it's related or not), but it seems like that after each restart, the Windows randomly creates network connections. In just one day, they're already 14 of them. You can see it in the screen-shot down below.

Any help or advice will suffice. Thank you in advance.




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04 May 2013   #2

Windows 8 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Open the Device manager, click View and select "Show hidden devices". Expand the Network Adapters section.

How many adapters are shown?
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05 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Finally, someone thought of replying. Firstly, thanks for showing interest, texhnologic.

I entered the Device Manager and checked as you asked. Whenever I select the option of showing all hidden devices, this is what I get in the ''Network Adapters '' section.

When the option is unchecked, I can only see the blue underlined one in the image. Hope this helps. Are there supposed to be so many?


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05 May 2013   #4

Windows 8 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

That's fine, there should be a few hidden.

Can you go to your network adapter settings and turn off your IPv6 connection? Then restart your PC.

You can also try this:

- Go to "Network and Sharing Center"

- Click on the icon (the bench) of your connection under "View your active networks". That will give you the "Set Network Properties" dialogue. There you can change the icon for that network connection.

- Click on "Merge or Delete Network Locations" to see the list of your networks.

You can merge or delete connections here, so in your case, delete all but your active Network and rename it just in case.

Reset PC...hope it helps.
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16 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I apologize for bumping the thread, but I haven't had the chance to reply lately. @texhnologic, I just reinstalled my Windows today and I turned off the IPv6 connection. For now, it is all good.

The funny thing about the random connections is that they cannot be deleted as they're marked as in use. Thank you once again for your help.

Later edit: it doesn't work, it still creates random connections, even with the IPv6 not activated.
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