I'm on a dial-up connection, so any sort of download like this really brings my connection to a halt. I'm a very paranoid person and I keep my computer very clean, I have AVG anti-virus, Ad-Aware SE, Zone-Alarm Pro. And i'm running windows XP Pro SP2 with all latest updates.
According to my firewall, "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services" keeps downloading things at about 50% of my bandwidth. I hit the stop button when I notice this and set the permissions to ask me if it wants to access again. It then stops for about 10 mins or so, and then pops-up the message asking me if I want to accept connections for this. I hit DENY, and everything seems to work just fine.
HOWEVER, this generic host process is usually required for when I access my e-mail or some websites. So i'm in a constant battle of accepting it, and denying it when it wants to download for no reason.
I have automatic updates TURNED OFF. So I have no idea what is trying to download on my computer. If I just let it download it goes forever...WHAT on earth could it be? Also every day I get blocked attempts probably just port scans, but dangit with all the windows updates I would think i'd be safe.
Anyways, what is this generic host process used for, and what do you think it could be downloading?