Should I allow "host process for Windows services?"

Home user here, so forgive if this is a stupid question. I have F-Secure installed on a Windows 7 PC and occasionally when I boot I get a prompt form F-Secure asking if I should allow "Hose process for Windows services" to do somehing (act like an Internet host maybe)?  I realize this is "svchost" and there are usually multiple copies of it running. 


When I answer Deny to the prompt, it seems my system starts to run really slow, until I reboot. Should I click Allow? Anyone have advice?






  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 0 Former F-Secure Employee

    Hi Jack,


    Welcome to F-Secure Community.

    Kindly refer this page for what is "svchost.exe". Please tell us more about your system:

    Which F-Secure program you have?
    What is your Operating system? (Windows XP/ Windows Vista/ Windows 7?)

    Which type of message you get for this process? (System modification attempts / Connection attempts?)


    Best Regards,

  • jmassa
    jmassa Posts: 3

    Hi, Jayson. 


    I have F-Secure Internet Security 2011 and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.


    I just got the same message for another program this morning. The message yesterday was:


    "Host process for Windows services tried to act as an Internet server" --I think this is the right text.


    The message today was 


    "Akami Netsession client  tried to act as an Internet server" with Allow and Deny buttons.


    I looked up Akami and it apparently is a legitimate network program that is inlcuded with Flash (I have Adobe CS5 suite installed).


    Still not sure if I should allow or deny? 





  • jmassa
    jmassa Posts: 3

    Thanks, Jayson.

    I have changed that setting and will see if there are any problems.



  • Enfcmedic384
    Enfcmedic384 Posts: 181 Enthusiast

    When I had Kaspersky Pure 2.0 this would drive me up the wall too. I would see about 34 or these processes running at one time. The Kaspersky guy told me it was normal but, now that I switched back to F-Secure I would definitely contact them directly at the F-Secure tech support telephone line this way you get a quick answer ASAP because the program keeps flagging it as malicious.

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