Host Process for Windows Services

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A large percentage of my data is being consumed by the ubiquitous "Host Process for Windows Services".
I have used  Process Explorer and svchostanalyzer.exe to try to determine if any of the dependencies are not critical, but it is beyond my capabilities.


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Does anyone know which svchost.exe can be safely eliminated?
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M.E.M.

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Andy Schack

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What Windows OS are you using?

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M.E.M.

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These screenshots were taken from my Windows 7 PC.
However, I recently bought another computer that is Windows 10. I bought it to dedicate its hardware to PlayOn activities. (By the way, many of my PlayOn issues went away when I switched over to the Windows 10 computer).
I also have iPads but I will work on improving their efficiencies later.
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If it was a Windows 10 computer I'd suggest making your connection Metered. For 7, I have no idea. Here's a link to a thread covering it https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-networking/host-process-for-windows-ser...

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There are web sites that recommend which services are not needed.
I have tried their recommendations.
The problem is that my pc became unstable after a few days so I ended up re-enabling all windows services to fix the problem.
It has been difficult for me to separate the bonafide unnecessary services from the ones that are needed.
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At face value, something's proportionally serving up a lot of outgoing data under the host process for windows services. Change to the apps view and view that app only - it may provide some clues as to where it's going based on IP address.

Any particular reason you're running (or so it would appear) IIS and FTP services on that machine?
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M.E.M.

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Where do you see IIS and FTP services running on my PC? What are they used for? How do I get rid of them?
Also, What does "App" view show that is different than "All" view?
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Also, What does "App" view show that is different than "All" view?
It gives you the ability to look at the hosts and traffic type for ONLY the Host Process instead of having other things mixed in.  
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Process IDs 2444 and 5040 in your svchost details appear to be ftpsvc and iissvcs.

They are used to host ftp servers and web services on Windows 7 Internet Information Services (both of which as well as SMTP services can be installed as Windows 7 features - Add Remove Programs... Windows Features).

They are typically managed by a utility called Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager that can be found on the start menu if installed.

I still use some of those services as a recovering developer and dabble with web services on occasion (i.e. real web services not simply web sites - think "apps", but apps on steroids not simply something that would run on a smartphone).



As Gabe notes there are various way to filter Glasswire to get the main right hand panel down to a manageable set of info. The View Filter just determines what goes in the left hand pane and becomes selectable for further filtering (below I'm just showing info for Host Process...) There's a drop down menu on the usage chart panel that allows External/Local and Incoming/Outgoing filtering also.  



    
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Thanks for your detailed insight. Just like in the old forum.