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New Firewall Entry has me worried

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#1 ghot1


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:27 PM

Normally I use Mozilla Firefox v 11.0 for all my browsing. However, on MS Tuesday I unblock IE8 in Zonealarm (free) to do my Windows Updates. Up till a few days ago, I never noticed that IE8 does not obey my Firewall settings. Since I don't use it except once a month, I had assumed it was being blocked by my Firewall.

Once I realized that IE8 completely ignores my Firewall settings...I uninstalled it and reverted back to IE6 which DOES obey my Firewall settings.

One day later 04/11/2012 I opened Zonalarm as I do occasionally to check if my program settings were as I had set them. When I opened Zonealarm after doing my MS Tuesday Updates, I noticed a new entry:

System stand-alone Optional Component Manager C:\WINDOWS\System32\sysocmgr.exe

I have just run Blacklight Rootkit Eliminator, and it found nothing, none of my other scanning software finds anything either.

I have never in all the years I have been using Windows XP Pro, seen this entry before. Since I firmly believe that Microsoft is slowly but surely, purposely breaking Windows XP to force consumers into upgrading to Windows 7, this is worrisome to me.
I have Googled sysocmgr.exe and found no really helpful info on this file.

To my knowledge, I have never had a virus, trojan or rootkit..I have:

Windows XP Professional SP3 5.1 build 2600 (up to date)
HijackThis v2.0.4
Malwarbytes Anti-Malware v1.50.1100
Spybot Search & Destroy v1.6.2
Roothook Analyzer v3.02
Symantec Corporate Antivirus v10.1.9.9000
Zonealarm (free) version: Driver version:
Mozilla Firefox version: 11.0
Glary Utilities v2.2.2.66
CCleaner v1.38.485
JV16 Power Tools v1.3.0.195

...any info on this file: sysocmgr.exe ...and why it shows up in task manager occasionally, would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Edited by ghot1, 13 April 2012 - 03:49 PM.

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#2 frankp316


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

I dunno. I did a quick Google search and according to this, you can find it in Add/Remove Programs.


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:23 AM

naw bro... it's some new MS Hidden BS :.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:11 AM

Google = About 59,400 results (0.15 seconds)

sysocmgr.exe is a process associated with System Optional Component Manager from Microsoft.
sysocmgr.exe is a system process that is needed for your Windows system to work properly. It should not be removed.
Since sysocmgr.exe is a system process it should not be stopped. The process is required for Windows to work properly

It is a NORMAL part of Windows - I also have it installed -
No spy / No fakes / No hidden agendas / Not hidden / 99.9999% not infection / -

If I was you I would be more concerned with these 2 un-needed Registry "Optimiser / Cleaners"
JV16 Power Tools
Glary Utilities
Your Malwarebytes Anti-malware is way out of date Malwarbytes Anti-Malware v1.50.1100
[At the end of January this year Malwarebytes Anti-malware was upgraded to 1.60.1 and has been upgraded since then - 23 March 2012 - 1.6.1]
Posted 10 November 2010 - 1.50 was first released -

Edited by noknojon, 14 April 2012 - 04:27 AM.

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