May 7th, 2005, 07:52 PM
Distributed COM Services
Since i installed a firewall i keep getting this warning message:
An application named Distributed COM Services (file name RPCSS.EXE) has been blocked from accessing the network.
The firewall log says:
Application Hijacking has been detected
The application: C:\Programas\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe try to launch another application: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\RPCSS.EXE to go to remote host ...
What do i do? Is it normal? Do i block it / unblock it?
May 7th, 2005, 08:06 PM
Uh, er, Do you have Avast antivirus software running on your machine?
If not, you may have a problem.
" And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be" --Miguel Cervantes
May 7th, 2005, 08:10 PM
Yes i have
So, from your answer, i suppose its ok
i'll unblock it.
May 7th, 2005, 08:17 PM
ET phone home.
Just cruise over to the MS site and you can find out more.
rpcss - rpcss.exe - Process Information
Process File: rpcss or rpcss.exe
Process Name: Remote Procedure Call Services
rpcss.exe is an executable of Microsoft Windows Operating System. It is reponsible for Remote Procedure Call services on the local machine. These are public services available to the local network. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
Connection refused, try again later.
May 8th, 2005, 12:05 AM
I have to admit that I do not know Avast in detail,
but it looks very strange to me, that it calls RpcSs
to connect to somewhere. So I checked the official
webpage for informations:
The components of avast! 4 that should be allowed to connect:
avastXX.setup (where "XX" are some numbers)
On the list, you also find a list of IP numbers, the components
try to connect to.
Nothing was mentioned about RpcSs etc. What is the IP it
wants to connect to? Who does it belong to? Alwil? If
nobody confirms that this is the usual behaviour, I would
try to contact Alwil, in particular, if the IP does not belong
to that company, or try to clean your computer (let us discuss
that afterwards )
Note: I have assumed, that you run avast! 4 Home Edition
or avast! 4 Professional Edition.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
(Abraham Maslow, Psychologist, 1908-70)