View Full Version : applications asking for access

30-08-2004, 01:49 PM
I have installed SP2 and was reminded of worries I had previously about various things asking for access to the net via Zone Alarm. Since loading SP2 I am getting a rash of applications claiming my attention. What are they and why do they want to establish a connection?
1/ System32.alg.exe
2/ Sys32\\/\/bem\\/\/MIADAP.exe
3/ MS office\office\1033\wfxmsrvr
4/ sys32\spoolsv5/ sys32\rundll
6/ sys32\msdtc
7/ " \vssvc
8/ " \dwwin
9/ " \svchost
10/ " \dllhost
11/ " \csrss
etc etc etc
I am sure that they are all OK (I think), but I am not sure. Does anyone know what they do?

30-08-2004, 01:51 PM
any applications you are unsure about, google them and you'll get a raft of resources explaining their functions



30-08-2004, 03:05 PM
Some good sites to find out what the different processes and services are here (http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm)
here (http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/search.php)
here (http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm)
a good utility is process explorer to find out whats what.
here (http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml)

30-08-2004, 10:17 PM
Cheers guys I will give them a look.

30-08-2004, 10:31 PM
I dont use ZA but this still should apply.
I only let a few programs I know use the internet connection eg.
Your internet browser
Internet Explorer is normaly : iexplorer.exe
Firefox should be : firefox.exe
Your email client
Outlook express normaly is : msimn.exe

And only a few others like my ftp program etc.
You may also want to allow the windows updater, but it is best if it asks you each time.

I know this didnt answer your question but HTH

31-08-2004, 01:27 AM
Most of those will be because of services running that probably don't need to be, so things aren't much more secure.
eg no 3 I assume to be an office fax server.