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Does one need the alg.exe Service ?


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#1 JJ2K

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:32 AM

Hi,

I'm just wondering if I need the Application Layer Gateway Service to run. I'm not sure what it does but I hear it's related to Windows Firewall. I have Comodo installed, but I do not what to comprimise my system in any way.

I have it set up to Manual in services.msc, but it starts at every boot anyway.

From what I know I do not use ICS, I just connect via a wireless adapter to my livebox, this doesn't have nothing to do with ICS?

So can I change this to disabled? I'm just wondering if it is not needed then why is it starting up at every boot?

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:10 AM

This may help:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application-level_gateway

If you disable it, and everything works, leave it disabled. I have it enabled on my computer.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:46 PM

Thanks Lawrence,

Well I've disabled it, and everything seems to be working.

By disabling this i'm not removing security or lowering my defence to attacks in any way? I use Comodo as my Firewall and afaik that disables the windows firewall anyway.

Why do you have it enabled on your computer?

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:53 PM

No, you should not be affected. I sometimes use the WIndows Firewall, so anything related, I leave alone.




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