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I see my PC has TCP connections open to 1e100.net. Looking at the content this seems to be a Chinese site and I immediately feared the worst re viruses/malware. Then I checked the whois record and find it is registered to...Google. Weird.

A quick search seems to indicate that 1e100.net is pretty popular - about the same reach as adobe.com or bbc.co.uk according to Alexa - but what the hell is it? I run Chrome so assume it might have something to do with that, but why all the Chinese and why does so little information appear on the web about it?

Edit: Ie100.net != 1e100.net - explains the Chinese!

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1e100 means 1 E 100. 1 * 10 ^ 100. The number, which is named Googol, where Google gets the name from. –  brandstaetter Nov 27 '09 at 9:02
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googol for further reading –  brandstaetter Nov 27 '09 at 9:03
@brandstaetter Yes, I got the googol reference when I saw the whois record. Neat :) –  Lunatik Nov 27 '09 at 9:19
Note: Pinging Google yields this domain in replies. –  Nathan Osman Jan 30 '11 at 3:14

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It's Google Safebrowsing feature in Chrome.

That feature checking sites and tell you if that site is "Attack Site"

sinni800: @MicTech, Google has all it's search servers under the 1e100 domain. I know this is kind of late but w/e. It does not ONLY relate to google safe browsing.

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... and tells Google what you're browsing. –  Moayad Mardini Nov 29 '09 at 14:12
Google Safe Browsing Policy: google.com/intl/en_us/privacy_browsing.html "When you visit a site that we think could be a phishing or malware site, your browser will send Google a hashed, partial copy of the site’s URL so that we can send more information to your browser. Google cannot determine the real URL from this information." –  Alan B Feb 8 '10 at 10:14
@MicTech, Google has all it's search servers under the 1e100 domain. I know this is kind of late but w/e. It does not ONLY relate to google safe browsing. –  sinni800 Aug 19 '11 at 9:06
@AlanB That policy makes sense only when you don't think about it. If it couldn't "determine the real URL from this information", then how the heck could it tell if it's a phishing/malware site? Besides, "partial copy of the site's URL" could mean anything, and I bet it at least contains the full domain name. Bottom line: Google can know all the sites you visit unless they really don't wanted to (which frankly doesn't seem the case). –  Camilo Martin Jan 31 '12 at 9:08
Why do the connections stay open (in System Process) long after I closed Chrome? –  Michel de Ruiter Jul 25 '12 at 21:46

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