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#1 RknRusty

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:50 PM

I was using Winamp 5.5 help (internet based) last night and kept getting interrupted by debugger. I opened administrative tools/services, and disabled MDM, and now I'm getting stacks of DCOM errors. Is it okay to just disable DCOM? It involves a registry edit and a couple of other steps, but I thought I should ask our members about it first.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:10 PM

There used to be a download you could run and it would do it for you. I know I saved it to floppy. I'm searching through my bookmarks for the link. That could take a while
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:12 PM

Hmmm...very good question, I think.

My experience has always been to just ignore DCOM errors reflected in Event Viewer, since they did not seem to have any impact on my ability to connect or interface with the Internet or my home network.

I never really thought about disabling it until you posted.

Based on what I read at http://www.updatexp.com/dcom-windows-xp.html, disabling it seems like a good idea.

But I too will wait for more knowledgeable inputs before I do so.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:39 PM

Mine has been disabled for a few years and I haven't seen any problems that I'm aware of. Searching further, Some sites (Eldergeek included) say leave it alone. Others say go for it. Here's BV's opinion:
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/Services/DCOM
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:45 PM

Ah, so I've posed a real curiosity. Do I get my BC merit badge now?

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 05:07 PM

There used to be a download you could run and it would do it for you. I know I saved it to floppy. I'm searching through my bookmarks for the link. That could take a while
Mark

Could this be the site Mark?
Scroll down to DCOMbobulator-
http://www.grc.com/freepopular.htm

Ah, so I've posed a real curiosity. Do I get my BC merit badge now?

The only badges they pass out is in the Malware removal forums to the HJT helpers. :thumbsup:

Edited by CTH_Tom, 18 January 2008 - 05:10 PM.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:07 PM

Thanks CTH TOM, I knew I wasn't dreaming of things
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:24 PM

Beer is even better. Thanks for the links, I'll take a look this evening and let y'all know if I find it.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 07:16 PM

I tried disabling DCOM in services, and when I rebooted, my NIS '08 didn't load. Strange, but I restarted the service and the firewall loaded on the next reboot.
I'm tempted to try that discombobulator program, http://www.grc.com/freeware/dcom.htm, from Tom's link. I ran across it a couple of times in the XP General group. I plan to read a little more first though.




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