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what OLE is being used in box right now?

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is there a way to know/find/observe what applications are dependent or using OLE right now (live).

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Windows 7 doesnt bundle with OE only windows Live or Outlook in offce.
Usually the icon denotes the program associated with mail
Box?
If your in an email client whatever email is received by that emial client is used by that program.
 take for example if Hotmail/ Gmail or other emails are sent to windows live then windows live is using them once they arrive in the inbox.
I'm not clear on what you ask, Post some more details anushahanna
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I don't know but I found this with google.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff730364.aspx
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Using the process monitor one can see which processes have linked to OLE2.dll. That said almost every service program uses OLE marshalling to communicate with the desktop. In fact OLE in its basic form is used almost everywhere. That is unless you mean specifically OLE DB which is MS's standard way of accessing SQL Databases, then the comments above apply.
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My understanding is D(COM) helps some services in OS, including OLE. On one server, we often have "The DCOM Server Process Launcher service terminated unexpectedly" error which we are not able to find why it crashes.. so if I can confirm there are OLE being run/used in the server- if I can confirm it, i can worry less or take it away.. that is why i am asking this.
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In my experience this problem is related to a malware infection (see http://www.computing.net/answers/security/dcom-server/25617.html)

It could also be a rootKit (http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis?pubid=168740859) but most anti-Malware programs find them.

You might find Mike Gibson's page useful http://www.grc.com//freepopular.htm
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BigRat, we could not find any malwares yet on the server - no other indication. which tool were you recommending from Mike Gibson's page?

From your post # 34905578, it seems like Windows cannot do without OLE, right?

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Try process explorer
Process Explorer, also known as procexp.exe, shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

Process Monitor v2.94
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645

The systernals have a complete suite of tools / utilities for many uses including rootkit revealer etc
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb842062
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FWIW, it's Steve Gibson, not Mike.

 James
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thank you-
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You're welcome anushahanna
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