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This is the message I get from ZoneAlarm. Everything on the internet says it's okay to allow it, but nothing actually explains what it is, what it does, and why it's accessing the internet. I just know it's part of the AVG free virus software.

Can anyone fill me in? I don't like stuff secretly accessing the internet in the background and I want to disable it. So, what is this "Watchdog Service" and how can I stop it permanently?

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If I'm not mistaken, the watchdog service is monitoring your Internet access, backed up by a constantly updated database of sites that are dangerous/infected/scam/virus/worms/trojans/etc, and blocks those dangerous sites from loading so you are protected.
Edited by tpi2007 - 5/9/11 at 6:13pm
 
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ZoneAlarm tends to be a bit overzealous in its firewall instructions... can become quite annoying after a while.

In general though, a good hardware firewall beats any software firewall. Furthermore, you'd also want to stop threats before they get into your network. So, I'd suggest having a good firewall behind your cable/DSL modem to shield your entire network...
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Well, it's not so much a firewall question. I just wanted to know exactly what this "Watchdog" thing is, why it wants to secretly access the internet, what it DOES on the internet, and how to permanently disable it.
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post #5 of 8
That is the entire operating component of AVG.
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You will have to reinstall AVG and tell it to not mark sites as safe, unsafe, etc. This is a process that runs in AVG like others have said that scans websites to see if they are safe and reports them back to a big shared database. I hate AVG honestly now because they turned a nice slim antivirus software into bloatware.

In my opinion uninstall and use Microsoft Security Essentials. Nice, lightweight, and does not get in your way at all.
post #7 of 8
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Is Microsoft Security Essentials freeware (REAL freeware - not the kind that lies and tells you it's free when it's really shareware) and does it have any nag screens and will it let you disable automatic updates (because I hate automatic updates)?
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post #8 of 8
Yes it is 100% free. It's a Microsoft application but you always want to update it and let it update because those are your virus definitions. Without the definitions you leave yourself open to new threats as they come out.
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