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Why does utorrent connect to somewhere in China even when not active?


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I noticed this behavior a few days ago while observing my network traffic and have been wondering about it...


Whenever utorrent is running (but regardless of whether or not there are any active or loaded torrents), every 15 min or so utorrent makes a UDP connection request to a specific set of IP's in China. I've verified that utorrent is the program making the requests. 


I've tried uninstalling, during which the activity stopped (I waited 3 hours), downloaded a fresh copy and installed it and the behavior continued (on load, then every 15 min after).


My antivirus doesn't report a problem, I do weekly scans.


There isn't any particular information about who is on the other end when I look up these IP's:


Any Ideas, or am I chasing nothing??

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