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Flaws in Application Layer Gateway Service (alg.exe)

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The service "Application Layer Gateway Service" (alg.exe) is a big sham.
It was configured to auto-start by default.
The internet says "don't stop this or your internet won't work" well I never saw a problem in everyday use.
BUT after many months of being confused I discovered that it DOES affect my FTP.
If ALG starts with the PC and then is stopped, even if you start it again, FTPing will NOT work.
HOWEVER, if you disable the service and re-boot. You will have no troubles with using FTP.
(Note: if you actually use internet connection sharing or something that relies on it, it will probably stop working. But I've never seen anything that uses it)
Nov 14 '07 #1
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