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Aug 102003

Related Questions: Why is LSASS.exe shutting down my computer after 60 seconds? Why is svchost.exe crashing my computer? Why is dllhost.exe taking 100% of my CPU time? A buffer overrun is the cause of an issue affecting many versions of Windows to include NT, 2000, XP and 2003. The main indication of this is a 60 second shutdown counter just after connecting to the internet or “right after” an attack attempt. “Strange” network activity while you are not downloading or surfing is another key factor. Upon examination of my firewall [Continue Reading]

Oct 282002

Boot into safe mode and install this registry patch. It will place RPC service back into automatic. After applying the registry fix, you should be able to boot normally. This file contains only the “Start” key: The “RpcSs” service, this information is applied: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcSs] “Start”=dword:00000002 Download File Name: ~ 288 bytes ~ Version .01 ~ October 28, 2002 If this does not fix the problem, you can attempt to reinstall Windows on top of the old installation. This usually repairs the OS, but keeps user data still accessible. However, [Continue Reading]

Sep 242002

The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can disable services that may be vital to boot your system. With the management console (services.msc) you cannot. Also, msconfig, while unchecking the box, is disabling the service. The “Disable All” button also scares me. It should not even be there as no reason exists to justify disabling “everything.” Not “allowing” people to use msconfig reduces the flames and technical support questions in my inbox from people that fail to read the descriptions I offer with each service and the warnings [Continue Reading]

Aug 132002

This may stem from the fact that your ISP told you to configure your system as DHCP (vice static). But, in order to get an IP address, your PPoE connection needs to negotiate on top of TCP/IP… which needs an IP address. A catch-22. Solution? You can purchase a hardware firewall/router solution. You could also get away with placing a static IP address on your internal network card, effectively configuring it for local networking. Service configuration may also contribute to the cause, but under most situations, utilizing a hardware firewall will do [Continue Reading]

Feb 192002

If you do not need ICS, be sure to disable all of the services associated with it. The “Gaming” configuration is a catch all that could be labeled “Power User” or “Slim and Trim” or “Minimum Memory.” I just choose to call it “Gaming” because that is what I do best. 🙂 Also, view my Services 411 page for more information on what services you may need or not need if you use your computer for other purposes, like work?!?

Jan 052002

Put it back the way it was! Really, though, place each service that you disabled back to the way it was (displayed under the Default configuration) and see which service “fixes” your software. Do look at the dependencies and decide if you may need it! Tweaking your system always comes with risk.

Jan 052002

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 “” but you will always be able to type in the IP address of the systems. The internet connection is still [Continue Reading]

Jul 282001

Depends. A network connected computer going through another computer and then on to the internet needs the following services: DHCP Client ~ Unless you are using a static IP address. Plug and Play ~ No real need to have it disabled. RPC ~ Required for the next service. Workstation ~ Needed to connect to a “server.” Also needed for connecting to another computer for File and Print Sharing. For an analog (modem) connection, you will also need Telephony and anything that service needs to run and your particular connection method. (Auto Connection Manager, [Continue Reading]