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wendy k. walker

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Hi Everybody,

OK, I don't know if this is the correct forum for this topic or not so I won't be offended if Admin sees fit to move it.

I accidentally found this list of things that are running on my PC while I was fooling around at a command prompt. I know that it is a list of services that were running on my PC at the time.

I marked a bunch of them with a '?' and what I'd like to know is if anyone could tell me what the ones with the '?' in front of them mean or do?

C:\>NET START
These Windows services are started:

? Alerter
Apache2
? Application Layer Gateway Service
Automatic Updates
avast! Antivirus
avast! iAVS4 Control Service
avast! Mail Scanner
avast! Web Scanner
AVG Anti-Spyware Guard
? Background Intelligent Transfer Service
COM+ Event System
COM+ System Application
? Computer Browser
Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher
DHCP Client
Distributed Link Tracking Client
DNS Client
Error Reporting Service
Event Log
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Fax
Google Updater Service
Help and Support
? HTTP SSL
? IPSEC Services
MySQL
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Plug and Play
Pml Driver HPZ12
Print Spooler
Protected Storage
? Remote Access Connection Manager
? Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
? Secondary Logon
? Security Accounts Manager
? Security Center
Server
Shell Hardware Detection
SiteAdvisor Service
SmartLinkService
System Event Notification
System Restore Service
Task Scheduler
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
? Telephony
? Terminal Services
Themes
TrueVector Internet Monitor
? WebClient
Windows Audio
? Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
? Windows Management Instrumentation
Windows Time
? Wireless Zero Configuration
? Workstation

The command completed successfully.


C:\>

Thanks for any enlightenment.

Wendy
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If you click on the "Start" button, then "Run", then type SERVICES.MSC, and click "OK", a list of all the services will come up. Usefully, all the services are listed in alphabetical order. Just select each item in turn and a description of it will appear in the left-hand frame.

Edited by pip22, 28 February 2007 - 12:49 AM.

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Hi pip22,

Thanks for the information. I had forgotten where to find that. Now another question; what exactly does "Wireless Zero Configuration" do? Is that supposed to be connected with a wireless setup or something like that?

Thanks,

Wendy
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For solid information about XP Services, I like : http://www.theelderg...vices_guide.htm
A "Manual" setting will allow the system to start the sevice if necessary, but it will not automatically start with Windows and run continuously.
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Hi 1101doc,

Thanks for the link. So do you know anything about that "Wireless Zero Configuration" thing? As I don't have wireless and I don't remember having ever seen it in there before I'm starting to wonder if maybe the FEDS might have put something in my PC while I was in the bathroom.

Thanks,

Wendy
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Wireless Zero Config is a normal part of "Services." It allows Windows to automatically connect to the wireless network of your choice if you have wireless. It can be safely disabled if you don't have/use wireless. If/when you DO get wireless, don't forget to turn it back on.

PS. Remember to wear your aluminum foil helmet at ALL times!
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Hi 1101doc'

*adjusts aluminum foil helmet just in case* Thanks for the reply. I'm always running in 'Paranoid Mode' where these PCs are concerned and not having a wireless setup myself has got me wondering.

That and the fact that I can remember having looked over all of the services that were running in the service manager once before and that I don't even remember having seen that wireless thing there.

*shifty eyes looking around* So I'm wondering if the Feds have been up to their old tricks again.

I turned it off, thanks again Boo.

Wendy
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Anytime. :-)
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lol the feds
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Hi krmooo,

Yeah... you never can trust those suckers, well other than to be able to break something that works.

Wendy
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