September 23, 2005
Dear CNET members,
It's been a while since I've asked what you think of the Community Help & How-to newsletter, so it's time to ask again. Do you love it, or hate it? What would you like to see more of or less of? Is the format working for you? I'm always trying to improve the newsletter, and through your feedback, I can better get a sense of what's on your mind. This is, after all, your newsletter, and the content is from your fellow community members, so e-mail me your thoughts. Now let's move on and tackle Chuck's svchost.exe question.
Well, Chuck, without getting too technical, I have found Mark's winning answer to be a great start in answering your question about svshost.exe. But, as always, don't stop there; we also have many more in-depth and technical explanations of what this service does in the honorable mentions and other advice from our members. For example, I've learned that when you allow this service to pass through your firewall, be very careful of how the name of this service is spelled, because many viruses have very similar spellings (example of viruses: svshost or svchosts), hoping to trick you into thinking they are legitimate programs. When in doubt, double-check. If any of you have had bad experiences with svchost.exe or would like to add more information on this program, please join us in this week's discussion and give us all the details. We are here to learn from one another, so your experience and knowledge are appreciated.
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Member Question of the Week
I wish to know what the program svchost.exe wants to do if I
give it permission to access the Internet. My firewall tells
me that svchost.exe wants to access the Internet. This is not
related to my specific request for anything, and my
inclination is to say no. But I am not certain that is the
right thing to do. I have searched the Internet for svchost
and svchost.exe and gotten lots of hits. The Microsoft knowledge
base explains svchost but doesn't convince me I want to let
it access to the Internet. But it also suggests I might
be wrong (note: W32Time, Dnscache…). I could tell the firewall
to never let svchost.exe have Internet access, or I could tell
it to always let svchost.exe have Internet access. But I
don't understand enough to know which would be best. Please
help me out with this sticky security issue.
The Microsoft page describing this process is at Microsoft and I've wondered this myself in the past. The svchost.exe runs as a request by DLL's (Direct Link Libraries). This can be a legitimate request from your computer's system processes or any other DLL. More often than not, it is always a Microsoft process request, but it can be used by other programs. Most of these requests...
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