Generic Host Process for Win32 Services - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Software > Microsoft Windows and Software
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-20-2007, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 17
Default Generic Host Process for Win32 Services

Alright, i got a mighty interesting question that has been on my mind for a while now. Im using Zone Alarm as my firewall for my computer, and when i open it it shows that there are 2 Generic Host Processes for Win32 Serves accessing the internet. At first i didnt think anything of it until it started to lag my network and internet connection because one of them was constantly accessing the internet. Has anyone else had a problem with this or have any advice for me on how to deal with this problem?

Thanks in advance.
__________________

Darkwanderer is offline  
Old 04-20-2007, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
Osiris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 36,817
Send a message via ICQ to Osiris Send a message via AIM to Osiris Send a message via MSN to Osiris Send a message via Yahoo to Osiris
Default Re: Generic Host Process for Win32 Services

What is "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services?!?"

This is what ZoneAlarm complains about while connected to the internet. "SVCHOST.EXE" is "Generic Service Host." What that means is it is a "host" for other processes or services. If your internet connection seems to "no longer work," it is due to you disallowing various "required" functions to no longer access the internet. A big one is "DNS Lookups" and HTTP. With DNS lookups disabled, you will no longer be able to type in "www.techist.com/pc" but you will always be able to type in the IP address of the systems. The internet connection is still working, but you are blocking a "vital" part of the process for surfing web pages. With HTTP TCP Port 80 blocked, you will not be able to access any web site.
As to whether or not "you" need the particular process to access the internet or act as a server is completely dependent upon your computer configuration, your software installation, and what you are doing at any given time.
Only you can make the decision about if "you need this to access the internet" or not.
A security vulnerability exists with Windows that could cause your system to exhibit all kinds of poor behavior. This particular issue attacks the Remote Procedure Call service which Zone Alarm may issue a warning with regards to SVCHOST.EXE and Generic Host Process for Win32 Services. However, this inbound traffic should NOT be allowed. READ MORE...
Generally speaking, the following ports and services should NOT be blocked:
  • DHCP: UDP Port 67 and 68 (block both outbound and inbound only if you have a static IP address)
  • DNS: UDP Port 53 (allow only outbound; disable inbound unless you have local DNS server)
  • HTTP: TCP Port 80 (allow only outbound; disable inbound unless you have local web server)
  • HTTPS: TCP Port 443 (allow only outbound; disable inbound unless you have local web server)
Generally speaking, the following ports and services SHOULD be blocked, "outbound and inbound":
  • NetBIOS: UDP 137
  • RPC: TCP 135
  • UPnP: UDP 1900
  • UPnP: TCP and UDP 5000
If you block a port and something breaks, reenable the blocked port and see if it is fixed. Easy as that.
__________________
Osiris is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Generic Host error...yay for microsoft >_> Tabasco Sauce Microsoft Windows and Software 1 04-12-2007 06:55 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.