Why does Firefox need windows programs to run

January 4, 2011 at 13:20:43
Specs: Windows 7, 2GHZ/2GB
I blocked every program from using the internet with ZoneAlarm, however, once i block them I cant use firefox to use the internet. Firefox is not block but it just wont connect to the net. Why?

Just figured out it is the program called: Host Process for Windows Services

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January 5, 2011 at 18:18:05
Firefox, like any other program, needs an operating system on which to run and assumes certain processes will be available. Some small programs might work just from their own folder and the registry but certainly not all of them.

Here's and explanation of Host Process for Windows Services:

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January 6, 2011 at 02:25:59
Very interesting. Thanks for that.

On a slight different topic with firefox,
I am often redircted to random websites from the one in trying to access.
This would be a virus?

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January 6, 2011 at 06:34:21
A good start would be to download, install, update and run the freebie version of MalwareBytes. It often finds and fixes things that anti-virus programs can miss.

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January 7, 2011 at 11:30:38
I like to use comodo firewall on my win. box - which gives alot of options to lock down your machine and still let local filesharing happen with rules set. If this is not a gaming machine i would switch to linux (ubuntu) and install firestarter (GUI front end to iptables ) or learn how to manage iptables.

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January 11, 2011 at 13:24:13

I downloaded malwarebytes but a quick scan only showed a virus that i already know of... ill try a deep scan later and see how that goes.

I have heard of comodo . Compared to zonealarm which would be the better firewall?
And as of anti-viruses? whats a good one? free or not free...

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January 11, 2011 at 15:15:06
The following freebie AV's get good reports around here:

Microsoft Security Essentials.



Personally I found AVG a bit bulky. I've also seen Avira mentioned from time to time.

McAfee and Norton appear to get bad press (probably even bulkier than AVG).
There are reviews around but they vary from time to time, although the ones I've mentioned usually appear at or near the top of the list. There is a lot of personal preference of-course but I think it's fair to say that at any given time there will be viruses that some detect and others don't.

Often you don't really get a whole heap more by paying for an AV.

Other folk may have different views to those given.

As you probably already know, it is bad practice to have more than one AV working in the background. They can clash and cause issues.

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January 17, 2011 at 22:21:31
Well I got Avast. Its great thanks. It does something what AVG does which is what i wanted AND it does not use near as much computer resources.

Firefox does not connect to the internet unless i disable the shields.
How can i fix this?

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