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What ar all these programs?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Tom Seeley, Jul 27, 2006.

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  1. Tom Seeley

    Tom Seeley Thread Starter

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    I just started running Zonealarm Free, v6.1.744.001. I am aware there's a version 6.5 which many people think has bugs, so I deliberately use the earlier version, but that's not my point.

    It seems to be running fine. But when I view the log, it shows several executable programs that it has blocked, which I don't recognize. I'd like to identify each of them, and know if I should continue blocking their access to the internet or to my computer (whichever they've all tried to do).

    Please note: I've checked the spelling and capitalization of each of these very carefully, and I know I've got them all right, as they appear in the log. There may well be other programs with very similar names, but for now, these are the ones I'm asking about.

    msmsgs.exe
    sgtray.exe
    svchost.exe
    LuComServer.exe
    NDETECT.EXE

    I should add: I'm running Norton Password Manager, which Symantec considers part of Norton Systemworks 2004. I do not run any other part of Symantec, as far as I know, and I do not intend to!

    I do not use any instant messenger program. Not MS Messenger; not Windows Messenger; not Yahoo Msgr; nothin!

    I have a Dell, and I think it came with one particular piece of what I consider Dell bloatware called Sonic. I don't know what that is. To my knoweldge, I've never used any part of it, although I'm aware there are at least 3 pieces of it with Sonic in the title, when I populate my Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs list. I think sgtray has something to do with Sonic.

    Any help will be gratefully (greatfully?) appreciated!

    Thx
     
  2. WendyM

    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi Tom,
    msmsgs.exe = Windows Messenger. Can be disabled if you don't use it.
    sgtray.exe = Veritas backup reminder that appears in the system tray. Can be disabled if you don't want it. Could also be part of the Sonic software, which I believe is multimedia software.
    svchost.exe = Could be legimitate, could be a virus. Do you know what directory it's in?
    LuComServer.exe = Live Update Communication Server from Symantec. Updates virus definitions.
    ndetect.exe = Verifies internet connection to Symantec's servers.

    Hope that's helpful.
     
  3. Tom Seeley

    Tom Seeley Thread Starter

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    WendyM

    Thanks! This is great help!

    Can I follow up, pls?

    I'm using Norton Password Manager, which automatically stores my login passwords, etc. I don't know if that is one I have to let contact the internet or not, but it seems I would have to. Do you know if I MUST continue to permit LiveUpdate and ndetect to access the net, for NPM to work right?
     
  4. Tom Seeley

    Tom Seeley Thread Starter

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    WendyM

    2nd reply: svchost.exe appeared (using Explorer Search) in 4 paths: C:\I386; c:\windows\system32; c:\windows/system32\dllcache; and c:\windows\software distribution\download\(some humongous string of letters and numbers I doubt is relevant right now). The first 3 were all dated the same date in 2002; the last was dated in 2004 and was a few meg larger than the others.

    Thoughts?

    ZA called it "generic host process for win32 services". Sounds to me like I oughta leave well enough alone on this one?
     
  5. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Check in ZA under program control and if Svchost is starting from \System32, allow it.
    Same with Lucom and Ndetect
     
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