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Too Many Windows Services

November 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I just recently installed Windows 7 a few days ago and it definitely is an upgrade to

Application Experience – This service checks a Microsoft maintained database for known problems with popular programs and automatically enables workarounds, either at first installation (using UAC) or at application launch.

Application Layer Gateway Service – Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing and the Windows Firewall.

Application Identity – Determines and verifies the identity of an application. Disabling this service will prevent AppLocker from being enforced.

Application Management –

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder – Manages audio devices for the Windows Audio service. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly.

Windows Audio –

ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV) – Provides User Account Control validation for the installation of ActiveX controls from the Internet and enables management of ActiveX control installation based on Group Policy settings. This service is started on demand and if disabled the installation of ActiveX controls will behave according to default browser settings.

BitLocker Drive Encryption Service – BDESVC hosts the BitLocker Drive Encryption service. BitLocker Drive Encryption provides secure startup for the operating system, as well as full volume encryption for OS, fixed or removable volumes. This service allows BitLocker to prompt users for various actions related to their volumes when mounted, and unlocks volumes automatically without user interaction. Additionally, it stores recovery information to Active Directory, if available, and, if necessary, ensures the most recent recovery certificates are used. Stopping or disabling the service would prevent users from leveraging this functionality.

Base Filtering Engine – The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) is a service that manages firewall and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policies and implements user mode filtering. Stopping or disabling the BFE service will significantly reduce the security of the system. It will also result in unpredictable behavior in IPsec management and firewall applications.

Background Intelligent Transfer Service – component of modern Microsoft Windows operating systems that facilitates prioritized, throttled, and asynchronous transfer of files between machines using idle network bandwidth.

Computer Browser – The primary function of the browser service is to provide a list of computers sharing resources in a client’s domain along with a list of other domain and workgroup names across the wide-area network (WAN). This list is provided to clients that view network resources with Network Neighborhood or the NET VIEW command.

Certificate Propagation – he Certificate Propagation service allows Smart Cards to supply trustworthy root certificates which, among other uses, can be used as a method of logon in Vista. If you don’t use Smart Cards, you don’t need this service, though because it’s set to manual by default, you won’t gain anything by disabling it.

Microsoft .Net Framework NGEN – he Native Image Generator (NGEN) “…is a tool that improves the performance of managed applications. Ngen.exe creates native images, which are files containing compiled processor-specific machine code, and installs them into the native image cache on the local computer. The runtime can use native images from the cache instead using the just-in-time (JIT) compiler to compile the original assembly.” More information about this service can be found here. This is set to manual by default, so it’s only called when needed (typically after a system update) so it’s best to leave this one alone.

COM+ System Application – COM+ is an evolution of Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) and Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS). COM+ builds on and extends applications written using COM, MTS, and other COM-based technologies. COM+ handles many of the resource management tasks that you previously had to program yourself, such as thread allocation and security. COM+ also makes your applications more scalable by providing thread pooling, object pooling, and just-in-time object activation. COM+ also helps protect the integrity of your data by providing transaction support, even if a transaction spans multiple databases over a network.

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Eleventh Hour vs. Fringe

March 27, 2009 Leave a comment

It is official, Fringe is now ‘t3h suck’. I first started watching the show because I saw the trailer for it on TV and it was really interesting. Who wouldn’t turn down watching a woman figure out how people died and became albino to a point that you could see through their skin? It got me off the hook and I started to watch the show, but then five minutes into the show I realized to my dismay that pretty much all the actors suck balls. Anna Torvold especially. I can Charlie Conway though as he can triple deke the hell out of those mysteries. The only good thing about the show is John Noble’s acting but after watching all the episodes until the fall finale, his hilarious and unexpected lines just become, well they are still funny but the viewer expects them so there isn’t really a funny surprise at all. The plots are very interesting and they use on the edge/border science techniques and theories culminating into what is called, ‘Fringe Science’. The knowledge and education we learn from the show is very interesting but that is if we understand it. Usually that stuff is learned in high school and college/university so, not that many tweens would understand it. The middle age folks also as well won’t understand it. It’s a good thing though that I understand everything they say.

Unfortunately, how the entire story arch is panned out really kills the whole series and does not give the show it’s deserved credit. Well the acting does that mostly, but the fact that the entire show is based around ONE mystery that branches off into smaller mysteries really pisses me off. It is just like watching Lost again, and I am not going back to that show. J.J Abrams is good, but the writing staff really need to decide when its time to reveal a mystery.