Remote system attempting to access Microsft Host Process for Win32?


I keep getting a prompt from my Norton Personal Firewall that says...

"A remote system is attempting to access Microsoft Host Process for Win 32 Services

on your computer."

Then is asks me if I want to "Permit or Block". The file is "C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe" and is labeled "udp inbound".

This comes up every time that I get on my computer. What the heck is this? Is it necessary for my system and if so, why?

If it is necessary, and if doesn't cause any problems, why can't it explain itself to the user so the user can know what the heck it is? In this day and age of being constantly bombarded with viruses, shouldn't something that is necessary for your system to update be explained instead of leaving the user to have to guess if this remote accessing of his computer is safe?!?!?!?!?!?

I appreciate your expediant response.


M. Meyers


This question was answered on April 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 23, 2004