svchost.exe

  ragbag 08:56 28 Apr 2005
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Zone Alarm gives me a message on startup roughly every time:
Generic Host Process for Win32 services trying to act as server.
Application: svchost.exe
I can't see any reason why it should do so.

Search produces 3 files:
SVCHOST in C:\WINDOWS\i386 (8KB Ex_File)
SVCHOST.EXE-3530F672.pf in C:\Windows\prefetch (18KB PF File)
svchost in C:\WINDOWS\system32 (14KB Application)

Individually scanned all files with Norton and all negative.
My system is a 1.6 GHz Pentium M operating XP home.

Is there any good reason why I should allow the request, which I have denied on each occasion??

Regards, Ragbag

  dagwoood 10:42 28 Apr 2005

ragbag, set Generic host process to act as a server in your trusted zone only, but set it to NOT act as a server in the internet zone.

There's an option that's worded something like "set up ZoneAlarm to connect to the internet" when you install ZoneAlarm, and it configures the Generic Host Process as above.

It's not a good idea to allow any of your programs/services to act as servers in the internet zone, unless you're into file sharing and you have to configure ZoneAlarm this way so as you can file share.

Also, if you remotely access your pc I think you would have to set some services to act as servers in the internet zone, but I'm not 100% sure on that(never done it myself).

HTH, dagwoood.

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