I'm running Windows 7 on an Acer laptop. I'm trying to become knowledgeable of network security. In the process I downloaded CurrPorts to identify and kill 'Unknown' connections. Long story short, CurrPorts is about good for nothing in this regard. Each and every attempt to kill a connection fails with a line that says I must be running it as Administrator when I am running as Administrator.
At anyone time I can have 30+ 'Unknown' connections. This is frustrating. Yes, I do get the IP or domain name and see who the connection is from. Yes, many are from Google or AOL etc but many are not. I find some connections are from all over the world and have nothing to do with what I'm using the browser for.
How can a manage these connections better? How can I reduce the amount of unknown connections? For instance, if I'm using Google or AOL or G mail, these are the only unknowns I want connecting to my computer.
I did use Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to set a few rules but these rules appear to be good for nothing seeing how there are so many potential Unknown connections.
Thanks for the help!