What's Fiefox Doing?


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Paul

Yousuf said:
It runs the background services in Windows, such as the print spooler,
plug'n'play, etc., etc. There are usually several instances of svchost
running simultaneously, usually each of these are running several
related services, such as network services, or system services, etc.

Yousuf Khan
You can put one item per svchost.

If you need to debug the system, you can try that, as then,
any svchost which "misbehaves", you simply check what single
thing is living inside it, and it is "guilty as charged".

See:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/spatdsg/archive/2007/09/17/debugging-services.aspx

"You can split it out into its own service by running:

sc config <service> type= own

And revert it via

sc config <service> type= share
"

That's how you separate all the things jammed together in a svchost.

Svchosts don't seem to be balanced in any way, and it's not unusual
to see one service by itself, and fifteen other services all jammed
into a second svchost. If that svchost is behaving abnormally,
any one of the fifteen things, could be doing it. Which makes this
concept, less than idea from a debugging perspective. And that's
where "type= own" comes in.

Process Explorer may shed some light on what's going on. But
separating them might also work.

Paul
 
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Yousuf Khan

These AV programs are getting so heavy and not allowing the computer to
function correctly, its lucky that the speed of computers has increased
so much we don't take notice just how much work is going on in the
background. I have removed PCTools AV which was stopping some updates
and not allowing JPG images to be saved.
It's for this reason I've stopped using all 3rd party AV software and am
now using MS Security Essentials. I don't really care of it's one of the
best detectors or not out there, it is at least very low on resources.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Bob Henson

These AV programs are getting so heavy and not allowing the computer to
function correctly, its lucky that the speed of computers has increased
so much we don't take notice just how much work is going on in the
background. I have removed PCTools AV which was stopping some updates
and not allowing JPG images to be saved.
You're spot on there. I just "rescued" an old lady's laptop for her by
removing Norton - I never did find out exactly how it had locked
everything up solid, but who cares - just get rid of it. McAfee is just
as bad. I've always used Avast! but that's going the same way - the new
v.8 has taken it upon itself to start updating other programs now! I
dropped down to MSE a while back when Avast! had a problem with false
positives, and it's quite likely I'll do it again if the trend for the
AV programs to be worse than the viruses continues.
 
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