Why does dcsw2.dll need access.

Discussion in 'Port Explorer' started by TheQuest, Feb 15, 2006.

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  1. TheQuest

    TheQuest Registered Member

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    Hi, all

    I did a search and there is only one thread in the last three years :- Here which I could not post in as it is to old.[like me :eek: ]

    My firewall is usually [I have life time License] OutPost but it look to be going the same way as ZAP [Big, Fat and wants to phone home about everything]

    So have just started using Look 'n' Stop and it ask if dcsw2.dll can started by my Browser and they will not work [have no access if I block it].

    This .dll is something to do with a DCS Product most likely PE from my search here and on Google, I have PE, PG, and WG installed, which of them stops access, and why does it stop access if blocked or should I say why does it need to be started by the Browser.

    Thank you to all in advance for any help or advice.

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  2. MickeyTheMan

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    You are right, dcsw2.dll is used by port explorer to monitor TCP & UDP connections made by your browser
     
  3. TheQuest

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    Hi, MickeyTheMan

    Thank you very much for your quick reply.

    That was the helpfull information I needed, so now I can turn off logging and not have to post the log over on the LnS forum.

    Thanks very much once again.

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  4. TheQuest

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    Hi, all

    I would still like to know why my browser or any program that need access that I have allowed should need this Port Explorer dcsw2.dll to be able to gain access to the internet, even when PE as not been started by me.

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  5. Jooske

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    Hi there!
    The .dll is always running, what you start manually is just the GUI to see it all displayed and and with your tools.
    So the message that a browser should start the dll is not correct, it should more be whether the dll is granted access to internet or thing like that. Same with your other programs. I suppose you can set some rules for your programs so it's not asked again each time.
     
  6. TheQuest

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    Hi, Jooske

    Thank you very much for replying Jooske.

    That is what I wanted to know.
    My boo, in making you think it is asking for access for everytime a progarm needed access.

    I was meaning it was needed to have access or a progam [anyone of them, as I tried one at a time with it blocked] could not gain access without the .dll having been given the allow rule.

    Thank once again for your reply.

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    TheQuest :cool:
     
  7. Wayne - DiamondCS

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    Just to elaborate on the excellent info that Jooske has already provided, dcsws2.dll is what is known as a Layered Service Provider - an external network-based component of Port Explorer which Port Explorer uses when it's running. It's dcsws2.dll that actually allows you to use Port Explorer to "packet-sniff" any individual socket or process. :)
     
  8. TheQuest

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    Hi, Wayne - DiamondCS

    And thanks you also very much for your reply and Informtion.

    Once again thanks very much.

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
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