The Cat Came Back / Unnecessary Services?




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// The Cat Came Back

As the song goes....

But de cat came back, he couldn't stay no long-er,
Yes de cat came back de very next day,
De cat came back -- thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

Yes, folks, Robbie Hatley's CRASH problem has returned,
with a vengeance. It wasn't due to the indexing service
after all. That service, and all the other things I
disabled before, are still disabled, but my system has
suddenly resumed crashing about 3 times a day, after
not crashing for about 10 days.

The symptoms are exactly the same as before: usb mouse
(but not serial mouse) goes off-line, along with all networks
and sound. Everything else stays up and running.

So I'm back to disabling and uninstalling stuff in an
attempt to find which software (if any) is causing this
problem. I just completely uninstalled AVG antivirus,
we'll see if that helps. If not, I'll uninstall Symantec
System Works. If that doesn't work, it's back to
disabling more services, to see if one of them is the
culprit.


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// Unnecessary Services?

I'm wondering if some of the services I have running are really
needed? I'll paste a list of my services below. Can someone
here who is more knowlegable than me take a look and tell me
if any of the "Automatic" ones would be better set to "Manual"
(or vice versa)? Thanks!

My services:

Name
Description
Status
Startup Type
Log On As

Automatic Updates
Enables the download and installation of Windows updates. If this
service is disabled, this computer will not be able to use the
Automatic Updates feature or the Windows Update Web site.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

COM+ Event System
Provides automatic distribution of events to subscribing COM
components.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Event Log
Logs event messages issued by programs and Windows. Event Log
reports contain information that can be useful in diagnosing
problems. Reports are viewed in Event Viewer.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Logical Disk Manager
Logical Disk Manager Watchdog Service
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Network Connections
Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in
which you can view both local area network and remote
connections.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Norton Unerase Protection
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

NVIDIA Display Driver Service
Provides system and desktop level support to the NVIDIA display
driver
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Plug and Play
Manages device installation and configuration and notifies
programs of device changes.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Print Spooler
Loads files to memory for later printing.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Protected Storage
Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as private
keys, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or
users.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Remote Access Connection Manager
Creates a network connection.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC
services.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Security Accounts Manager
Stores security information for local user accounts.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Server
Provides RPC support and file, print, and named pipe sharing.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Still Image Service
Still Image Devices Monitor (part of Microsoft Windows 2000)
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

System Event Notification
Tracks system events such as Windows logon, network, and power
events. Notifies COM+ Event System subscribers of these events.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Telephony
Provides Telephony API (TAPI) support for programs that control
telephony devices and IP based voice connections on the local
computer and, through the LAN, on servers that are also running
the service.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Workstation
Provides network connections and communications.
Started
Automatic
LocalSystem

Alerter
Notifies selected users and computers of administrative alerts.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Transfers files in the background using idle network bandwidth.
If the service is disabled, then any functions that depend on
BITS, such as Windows Update or MSN Explorer will be unable to
automatically download programs and other information.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Computer Browser
Maintains an up-to-date list of computers on your network and
supplies the list to programs that request it.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

DHCP Client
Manages network configuration by registering and updating IP
addresses and DNS names.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Fax Service
Helps you send and receive faxes
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Indexing Service
Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote
computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible
querying language.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Internet Connection Sharing
Provides network address translation, addressing, and name
resolution services for all computers on your home network
through a dial-up connection.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Allows authorized people to remotely access your Windows desktop
using NetMeeting.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

NMIndexingService
[no description]
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
Manages the RPC name service database.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Remote Registry Service
Allows remote registry manipulation.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Routing and Remote Access
Offers routing services to businesses in local area and wide area
network environments.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Smart Card
Manages and controls access to a smart card inserted into a smart
card reader attached to the computer.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Smart Card Helper
Provides support for legacy smart card readers attached to the
computer.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Telnet
Allows a remote user to log on to the system and run console
programs using the command line.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Uninterruptible Power Supply
Manages an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connected to the
computer.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Windows Time
Sets the computer clock.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Wireless Configuration
Provides authenticated network access control using IEEE 802.1x
for wired and wireless Ethernet networks.
Stopped
Disabled
LocalSystem

Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
Provides systems management information to and from drivers.
Started
Manual
LocalSystem

Task Scheduler
Enables a program to run at a designated time.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

..NET Runtime Optimization Service v2.0.50727_X86
Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Adobe Type Manager Service
Manages Adobe Fonts
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Application Management
Provides software installation services such as Assign, Publish,
and Remove.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

ASP.NET State Service
Provides support for out-of-process session states for ASP.NET.
If this service is stopped, out-of-process requests will not be
processed. If this service is disabled, any services that
explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
Stopped
Manual
..\ASPNET

ClipBook
Supports ClipBook Viewer, which allows pages to be seen by remote
ClipBooks.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Distributed Link Tracking Client
Sends notifications of files moving between NTFS volumes in a
network domain.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Distributed Transaction Coordinator
Coordinates transactions that are distributed across two or more
databases, message queues, file systems, or other transaction
protected resource managers.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

DNS Client
Resolves and caches Domain Name System (DNS) names.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

getPlus(R) Helper
[no description]
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

IPSEC Policy Agent
Manages IP security policy and starts the ISAKMP/Oakley (IKE) and
the IP security driver.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
Administrative service for disk management requests
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Lookout Citadel Server
[no description]
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Message Queuing
Provides a communications infrastructure for distributed,
asynchronous messaging applications.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Messenger
Sends and receives messages transmitted by administrators or by
the Alerter service.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

National Instruments Domain Service
[no description]
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

National Instruments PSP Server Locator
[no description]
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

National Instruments Time Synchronization
[no description]
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Net Logon
Supports pass-through authentication of account logon events for
computers in a domain.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Network DDE
Provides network transport and security for dynamic data exchange
(DDE).
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Network DDE DSDM
Manages shared dynamic data exchange and is used by Network DDE
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

NI Service Locator
[no description]
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

NILM License Manager
Controls the National Instruments License Server for the
management of counted software licenses. See the Help menu in NI
License Manager or NI Volume License Manager for more
information.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

NT LM Security Support Provider
Provides security to remote procedure call (RPC) programs that
use transports other than named pipes.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Performance Logs and Alerts
Configures performance logs and alerts.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Portable Media Serial Number Service
Retrieves the serial number of any portable media player
connected to this computer. If this service is stopped, protected
content might not be down loaded to the device.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

QoS RSVP
Provides network signaling and local traffic control setup
functionality for QoS-aware programs and control applets.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Creates a connection to a remote network whenever a program
references a remote DNS or NetBIOS name or address.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Removable Storage
Manages removable media, drives, and libraries.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

RunAs Service
Enables starting processes under alternate credentials
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

SmartLinkService
Smartlink Modem Driver
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Speed Disk service
Symantec Norton Speed Disk (disk defragmenter)
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Symantec Core LC
Symantec Core LC
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service
Enables support for NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) service and
NetBIOS name resolution.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

TrueVector Internet Monitor
Monitors internet traffic and generates alerts for disallowed
access.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Utility Manager
Starts and configures accessibility tools from one window
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Windows Installer
Installs, repairs and removes software according to instructions
contained in .MSI files.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem

Windows Management Instrumentation
Provides system management information.
Stopped
Manual
LocalSystem



// =========================================================
// Half-a-dozen Little Pieces

A man down on de corner swore to kill de cat at sight,
Loaded up a musket full ob nails and dynamite,
Waited in de garden for de cat to come around;
Half-a-dozen little pieces ob de man was all dey found.

But de cat came back, he couldn't stay no long-er,
Yes de cat came back de very next day,
De cat came back -- thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.



--
Cheers,
Robbie Hatley
lonewolf at well dot com
www dot well dot com slant tilde lonewolf slant


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