inet.exe question

Posted on 2006-06-22
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hello everyone,

The service inet.exe is eating up all the resources in my Exchange server. I need to install a spyware program but of course, even the installation is taking a long time. I need an expert opinion... could I attempt to kill this process to speed up the installation and sweeping of my system?

Any suggestion?

Question by:Aguillon1949
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by:Sam Panwar
ID: 16965238

What is inet.exe see

Go to run > msconfig

Now here you can see start up and service tab

Search this exe in both tab and uncheck or disable it and save setting.

inet.exe removal



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ID: 16965297
I apologize; the item is actually called inetinfo.exe.
Does the previous reply still apply?

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Sam Panwar earned 1500 total points
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inetinfo.exe is used primarily for debugging IIS This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.

Below is a tool that might help you debug what is causing the problem.


inetinfo.exe is different from the init.exe see

Its take more cpu usage then see the following

The inetinfo.exe is the process of IIS components. The Web sites, SMTP service and the IIS related services are hosted by this process. In most cases, if you do not encounter real problem (for example, performance drop-down, web site access issue, mail delivery issue, server crash etc) and you can confirm that everything is working as expected, that there are
no problems/errors with the system, then you can actually check the average count and change it to match that system. You may safely ignore this alert.

For the SBS 2003 server, there are some predefined performance thresholds. The thresholds are defined according to the common server configurations for the small business environment (for example, P4 CPU, 512MB memory). If the memory usage of the process reaches the predefined threshold, the administrator will receive the alert messages. If you have a server box with large RAM space (1G or above), the inetinfo.exe could use more memory
than the predefined threshold value. The default threshold value is 104857600. If the average memory usage value of the inetinfo.exe process is greater than the predefined threshold, the alert would be triggered.

A number of things run under IIS, and with the addition of spam filters, exchange/SMTP antivirus, and other software that may run under IIS, it could grow in size beyond what was consider normal at one point in time.

Please take your time and see my following information:

1. Please make sure that you have already applied the integration patch for Exchange 2003 SP1. Otherwise, you could receive memory alert of store.exe process:

Update for Windows Small Business Server 2003: KB 843539

2. You can do it from the Monitoring and Reporting snap-in in Server Management, under Change Alert Notifications, select Performance Counters tab, highlight inetinfo.exe private bytes inetinfo, click Edit, enter and replace the default threshold with the average for that system (plus some padding).

3. You can also make this change from the Health Monitor snap-in. To do so, please see:

a) Go to Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Health Monitor.

b) Expand to Small Business Server Alerts\Core Server Alerts\Process (Inetinfo.exe).

c) On the right panel select the statistics tab, take a look at the average, and check it again during normal business operations.

d) If that number remains within the same approximate ranges, then it looks like that should become your new baseline, to change the threshold, select the Thresholds tab, double-click on Inetinfo.exe private bytes, and change the condition.

4. If necessary, we can get the performance log to have a detailed of the memory usage trend. Take the following steps to create a performance log:

1) Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Performance.

2) After the Performance tool starts, performance logs and alerts should be displayed in the left pane.

3) Double-click Performance Logs and Alerts.

4) Click Counter Logs, and then right-click in the right-hand pane.

5) Click New Log Settings, type a name for the log, and then click OK.

6) You can now edit the properties of the new log.

7) Add the Private Bytes counter for the inetinfo process by clicking Add.

If the above information does not work, please help to gather the following information:

a) Is there any other impact to the System, such as performance drop-down?Run "eventvwr" on the server, check whether there is any error, if yes,double click it, click the Copy button and paste the full content to theNewsgroup.

b) Did you install any third-party anti-virus or anti-spam software on the SBS 2003 server?

c) Is there any problem for your clients to access the SBS built-in web sites? Can you deliver/receive the internet e-mails without problem?

d) What's the physical memory size of this server?

e) Is there a public web site hosted by the SBS 2003 server?

The following KB article for your reference:

823440 You Must Use the /3GB Switch When You Install Exchange Server 2003 on a

I am appreciated your time. If there is anything is unclear, please let me know. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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Author Comment

ID: 16966191
Quick feedback:

The culprit is SMTP; when I start this service, the inetinfo.exe starts grabbing all of the cpu resources. The email services came to a halt.

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by:Sam Panwar
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stop smtp
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by:Sam Panwar
ID: 16966312
if your inetinfo.exe is getting close to 100% CPU attention, open IIS Console and check SMTP Virtual Server. Most likely your SMTP is wide open and used for spam relay. All you have to do is add/remove windows components and uncheck the SMTP option, since I can't think of anyone that needs it on their home pc ;)

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