HTTP SSL

 

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

This service implements the secure hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) for the HTTP service, using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL). If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

It looks as though this service has nothing to do with IE or any other browser that uses HTTPS and SSL as secure web pages still connect fine without this service started. I am not aware of any other applications that require this service to be started. This service appeared after the installation of Service Pack 2.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): HTTPFilter
Display Name: HTTP SSL

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\WINDOWS\System32\lsass.exe (XP x64 only)

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service HTTP SSL needs to function properly:

  • HTTP

What other service require HTTP SSL to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

This service implements the secure hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) for the HTTP service, using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL). If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

It looks as though this service has nothing to do with IE or any other browser that uses HTTPS and SSL as secure web pages still connect fine without this service started. However, this service is required if using the WebDAV API or functionality and certain Windows Media Player sharing functionality. This service appeared after the installation of Service Pack 2 or 3.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Not Available Not Available Manual (Started) Manual (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Not Available Not Available Manual (Started) Manual (Started)
XP Pro Not Available Not Available Manual (Started) Manual (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Not Available Not Available Manual (Started) Manual (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): HTTPFilter
Display Name: HTTP SSL

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service HTTP SSL needs to function properly:

  • HTTP (H, M, P, T)

What other service require HTTP SSL to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.