Why are the two Svchost.exe options set to Off by default?

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by Supersnake, Nov 6, 2007.

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  1. Supersnake

    Supersnake Registered Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    Marcos or any other knowledgeable readers,
    Can you set us straight on the check boxes for svchost.exe in "Web Browsers" and in "Active Mode" ? Since they were both defaulted to off can you tell me if there are any drawbacks on enabling them? Thanks!

    Haven't located any discussions on this matter other than on a forum for Outpost firewall users who are running NOD 3.0 and I do not use a software firewall - am using a D-Link router. http://www.outpostfirewall.com/forum/showthread.php?p=158263
  2. ASpace

    ASpace Guest

    They appeared there in this list because they have generated some http traffic which was scanned by the applications . They don't need any checks
  3. aieie

    aieie Registered Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Good morning everybody :)

    I made svchost.exe actively scanned by the http scan component and experienced no problems so far.

    Since it's used for almost everything that goes out/in, is it dangerous, or a waste of scan time, to leave things this way or can be a useful scanning if no problems arise?

    Thanks in advance

    Best Regards
  4. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

    Nov 22, 2002
    I'm not aware that svchost.exe uses HTTP communication so marking it as a web browser or setting it to higher efficienciency mode should have no effect.
  5. MasterTB

    MasterTB Registered Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Paran?, Argentina
    Svchost is the responsable for Automatic Updates and DNS requests among other things, it uses 80 and 443 on a regular basis.
    I have main set up as a web browser but not in Active mode since I get an error on Windows Update.
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