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i was looking around in msconfig for whatever reason and found something strange under the services tab (after hiding all MS services) called "remote packet capture protocol v.0 (experimental)" i was wondering if it is a risk or a normal service a few sites i looked at says it's legitimate but i can't be sure. anybody know differently so i know how to treat it.
The remote packet capture protocol service is installed by WinPCap (The Packet Capture and Network Monitoring Library for Windows), which is a packet capture program that intercepts all network traffic. So when incoming data is received by the computer it is given to this service before it is passed onto the program it was meant for, and when your program sends network traffic this service sees it before it is sent to the system for uploading. This allows other programs, such as Ethereal, to parse this data for such things as Firewalls, packet sniffers, etc. It is not a required service, but it is needed for programs that use it.
winpcap 3.1 beta shows up in add/remove programs i have no clue where it came from, virus and trojan scans are negitive. i've checked both my hard drives. unless i've been hacked there is no packet sniffers or ethereal on my computer. i have noticed something strange though the computer "thinks" it has a network connection even when my modem is disconnected. i do not have a fuctioning network card just an internal modem. but as it's shutting down the screen says "closing network connections" (win xp shut down screen) maybe it just old age after all this thing is three years old, with any luck soon i'll have an updated system (tech-wise)
bp and <grudgingly) the Hare-Horse chimaera have it right - it's nothing to worry about. Just uninstall WinPCap, run a reg cleaner (Norton Utilities Windoctor, Registry Mechanic, or CCleaner's "Issues" tool) through your system, and it will be gone. If it bothers you. it doesn't use much in the way of system overhead and it doesn't do any harm.
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