Ok, so I checked my Event logs and found this: Name resolution for the name dns.msftncsi.com timed out. Here’s a registry tweak to fix it.
Apparently Microsoft is probing a certain address (msftncsi.com) to check your internet connection and display an “active” network icon. It’s also probing dns.msftncsi.com
You can disable the ActiveProbing either to make the error disappear or to keep your privacy
How to disable Active Probing?
So, how would you disable ActiveProbing then?
We have created a registry tweak for you:
I Want To Disable It Manually, How Would I Do That?
Sure, simply copy this code into a notepad file and save it as a .reg file and then execute it. Make sure to select “All files” from the dropdown when you save the file with the extension .reg or you will end up with a text file but a broken registry file
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\NlaSvc\Parameters\Internet] "EnableActiveProbing"=dword:00000000
Here are additional settings that you can modify e.g. the address that Windows 7 is probing and the DNS
Keep in mind, if you disable ActiveProbing you do not have to modify the other values any longer
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\NlaSvc\Parameters\Internet] "PassivePollPeriod"=dword:00000005 "StaleThreshold"=dword:0000001e "WebTimeout"=dword:00000023 "EnableActiveProbing"=dword:00000000 "ActiveWebProbeHost"="www.msftncsi.com" "ActiveWebProbePath"="ncsi.txt" "ActiveWebProbeContent"="Microsoft NCSI" "ActiveDnsProbeHost"="dns.msftncsi.com" "ActiveDnsProbeContent"="188.8.131.52"
Using The Registry Editor
Optionally, you can also open the registry editor and go to:
… and modify the settings there