hi i want to ask after you install sapphire, monster or digital anarchy etc you get the right installation key and u make it work. you are finally happy you got new working plugins for free.
you probably know that many of those plugins are sending data over internet by it self using DCOM windows service. normally you cant see those plugins are connecting sending data about itself and the OS system ID etc to the owners of that plugin or software.
I was curious i just started using all this After Effects and i have little thing on my desktop where i can see internet traffic(upload and download). i found that when I installed AF and photoshop maya etc even if I didnt register this applications and plugins there is increase in internet traffic.
i tried to use firewall win 7, tried to find out what application or plugin use internet connection then i started to just block plugin by plugin AF etc, inbound and outbound it didnt change anything when internet in idle still few kbit every 1 to 5min was sent and some received. so i knew something is sending something but i couldnt find what and how to block it. i found that there is service called Dcom windows service which allow companies like Adobe and any other genuine company to use windows services to connect their application(from you pc) to their servers to get data about their plugins or software so i tried to kill this windows service and it isnt possible. even as an administrator u cant stop it and even if you managed to kill this service you wont be able to use windows anymore.
if you want a little test type in windows search box cmd start it as administrator then type netstat -ab
and see how many of your plugins are listening on different open ports( just for those plugins) and how many of your plugins failed to register. and i wonder if thats problem or not ?
did you knew about it?
did you do anything about it ?