I've got this annoying outbound TCP connection from explorer.exe to 220.127.116.11 using port 443 (Windows 8.1). Apparently this is some kind of push notification service as describes here:
I have disabled everything I could think of, including these notification things, automatic updates and what not. I even tried to brutally kill the outbound connection. Nothing helps. It's amazing how so many programmers work their keyboards to get us all into the cloud while some of us desperately want some basic privacy...
Rhetoric aside, how do I make explorer.exe stop opening sockets without my consent?
UPDATE: Attached below is what I see. Do you see this on your Windows 8.1?