|22 May 2009||#1|
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Host process for windows tasks
I am using AVG firewall and get a connection attempt from a process called "host process for windows tasks", IP address 188.8.131.52 :80.
I believe that is a Microsoft IP address but I could be wrong.
I read that this process is a general process and could be any app, is this true? I want to know how to find out which process or Application is trying to call out so I know weather or not to block it.
Can any application use this process or are they only Microsoft (Windows) processes.
Can anyone help me with this?
I am new to Windows I am mostly a Mac user but after installing Vista and now Windows 7 on my iMac using Boot Camp I am using Windows a lot
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
PS: On my Mac I could control what apps called home, what ports or servers they could connects to using rule. I am hopping the same or similar can be applied in Windows 7.
I used Little Snitch 2 on my Mac if anyone is interested.
Thanks for reading.
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|22 May 2009||#6|
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It is the same thing I think, but there are multiple levels of account permissions for services and hence multiple instances of svchost listed as processes. So a third party service can run under svchost, but it won't run as SYSTEM and won't present itself as a windows task to a firewall. That's afaik, but I admit I don't know the ins and outs.
eta; I'm quite surprised AVG doesn't have a built-in exception for the windows host thing. I remember back when firewalls were less user freindly they used to nag about it all the time, but devs started including exclusion lists for common processes and apps as a matter of course quite some time ago which stopped all that.
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