Every now and then Zone Alarm asks me if I want to allow Generic Host Process For Win32 Services to access the Internet. I know it's a Windows thingy but what does it do? Is it safe to let ZA to 'always allow' it access.
Also, why is it that explorer.exe always attempts to access the internet whenever I click on 'Search'?
Hmm! One poster writes ".. The Generic Host process for Win32 is a deadly spyware program that will run silently in the background sending out information as fast as you can click your mouse. In order to access the internet this process in never needed and except for gathering personal informatin that is scattered all over the internet, totally usless. Removing it however is not wise..."
But another says ".. And, for the record, this is NOT spyware - it is the core of the Windows NT/2000/XP operating systems. MS does not collect personally identifiable information, nor do they sell that information to 3rd party companies..."
I know mate, i did take the time to read before i posted :-)
BTW as you was advised up the thread you have to allow it, you have no choice should you wish to access the net. Just deny it working as a server. TBH if you allow it server access nothing bad will happen (although it does leave a port open and one closed once it has been used as a server), it is just you can get away with it blocked.
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