In the ZA Program Control, the only program set to "allow" in the Server columns is the Generic Host Process (C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe), which is set to "allow" in the Trusted column and "block" in the internet column.
I understood that no programs in the Server column should be set to "allow", so I attempted to change "allow" in the Trusted column to "ask". The following message was displayed:
"Applying custom settings to System programs could cause serious problems with your computer including crashes and internet connectivity problems. ZA strongly recommends that you do not change these settings."
Obviously I didn't! ... But 2 queries follow:
1. What is svchost.exe and what makes it the exception to the rule?
2. Does "Allow"-ing it in the Trusted Server produce any security gaps?
I'm new to learning about computer security and know very little; but i do find it very interesting. Any knowledge imparted would be gratefully received.
ZA Free, AVG Free, Spybot, Ad-aware, Defender Beta, Windows XP Home
Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)