Security FAQ

Comprehensive answers to your security questions and problems.

What is Svchost?

SVCHOST is a shell program or a generic host that is used to execute Microsoft Windows services. Specifically speaking SVCHOST is a host program that provides a platform for .dll files for execution. Programs such as windows defender and windows updater use the SVCHOST service for their execution. SVCHOST was created when Microsoft replaced the […]

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What is Kernel Mode Driver?

Kernel mode is a type of environment that contains exceptionally high-level privileges. All the drivers that are made for kernel mode and are being run in kernel mode have the same level of privilege. Another mode is called user-mode; in user mode, the drivers and programs have limited access and privileges. In the kernel mode

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What is Native Application?

Native or platform-dependent applications are designed to execute only inside a certain operating system. For example, the native Windows application can run only on the Windows platform and the native iPhone application can work only on the iPhone. Contrary to native applications, a platform-independent application such as Java does not need a centralized or specific

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What are Auto Start Programs?

Auto-start programs are configured to start automatically when the operating system starts. Suppose you are using a Windows operating system. In that case, you may have observed that some programs, such as Windows Live Messenger or Skype, can be configured to start when you boot your computer automatically. These programs are set on the auto-start

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What is Windows Activation?

Windows Activation or Windows Product Activation is a licensing mechanism used by Microsoft to prevent and evade piracy. Windows activation is used in all versions of Windows Operating Systems. After the successful installation of Microsoft Windows, the user is presented with the screen that would prompt for a license key which would be present along

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What is Password Manager?

A password manager is a software application or a tool in other words, that allows users to organize and securely store passwords for websites, files, email accounts, etc. The password manager normally is an application that would store the credential in an encrypted format on the local disk. Some password managers are acting as form

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What is Internet Security Software?

Internet security software is used to secure your computer from threats and attacks that originate from the Internet. The difference between the Internet security software and antivirus software is that antivirus software secures your computer by effectively detecting, blocking, and removing viruses, whilst Internet security software secures and protects your computer from viruses, worms, trojans,

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What is Internet Filter?

Internet filter is a software tool that allows parents and system administrators to control the list of permitted and blocked websites and programs. Initially, Internet filters were used in homes and public schools and libraries. As time progressed, the Internet filters became incorporated into businesses to control Internet use in the workplace. This served the

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What is IP Masking?

IP masking is the process of hiding your actual IP address. The most frequently used IP masking method involves using a proxy server that acts as a middleman between the computer and the server. The computer sends its request to the proxy server, and the proxy server transmits a fake IP address to the original

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What is DNS?

DNS stands for Domain name service. It’s a standard set of protocols that comprise TCP\IP. To implement DNS, two software components are required. The DNS server and the client DNS work as a requesting node.  The client-side and the server-side, both components work as a background service. DNS is the standard naming system for all

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