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Anonymous
April 13, 2005 1:43:15 PM

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After I installed the MS AntiSpyware beta, I noticed that everything ran
slower. This was particularly surprising, because I deactivated the three
agents when I installed it. When I activate the three agents, everything
runs even slower.

I checked the Task Manager, and noticed that even with the three agents
deactivated, a program called gcasDtServ.exe was running, and when I did a
search on that name, it turned out to be part of the AntiSpyware package.
Another program called gcasServ.exe appears in the Task Manager when I
activate the agents, and disappears when I deactivate them.

What is gcasDtServ.exe doing, that it has a noticeable impact on performance
when no agents are active?

Thanks,
Chaz
Anonymous
April 13, 2005 3:52:48 PM

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Charles,

gcasDtServ.exe is the automatic updater. As you've already observed,
gcasServ.exe runs the 3 agents (aka Real Time Protection).
Do you have any Symantec products installed on the system ,
specifically, NIS or NSW ? If the answer is yes, suggest you attempt a
repair of MSAS by going to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel,
choose MSAS, click the Change button, then click Next, and choose the
Update option.

NOTE: It has been observed in the MSAS newsgroup that installing the VB6
runtime package *can* improve MSAS' performance due to other software
(re: Symantec) installing different VB runtime files. This mostly
affects the issue of missing Agents.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&...

MowGreen [MVP 2004-2005]

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Charles Rogers wrote:

> After I installed the MS AntiSpyware beta, I noticed that everything ran
> slower. This was particularly surprising, because I deactivated the three
> agents when I installed it. When I activate the three agents, everything
> runs even slower.
>
> I checked the Task Manager, and noticed that even with the three agents
> deactivated, a program called gcasDtServ.exe was running, and when I did a
> search on that name, it turned out to be part of the AntiSpyware package.
> Another program called gcasServ.exe appears in the Task Manager when I
> activate the agents, and disappears when I deactivate them.
>
> What is gcasDtServ.exe doing, that it has a noticeable impact on performance
> when no agents are active?
>
> Thanks,
> Chaz
>
>
Anonymous
April 13, 2005 4:10:31 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

gcasDtServ.exe is the process that handles the desktop icon in the system
tray.

The product is in Beta so you should report your problems to the Beta
newsgroups here:
http://communities.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.asp...

Or uninstall it and use something else until the product is officially
released.

BB

"Charles Rogers" <spamitup@spammer.com> wrote in message
news:ug6$wcDQFHA.3788@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> After I installed the MS AntiSpyware beta, I noticed that everything ran
> slower. This was particularly surprising, because I deactivated the three
> agents when I installed it. When I activate the three agents, everything
> runs even slower.
>
> I checked the Task Manager, and noticed that even with the three agents
> deactivated, a program called gcasDtServ.exe was running, and when I did a
> search on that name, it turned out to be part of the AntiSpyware package.
> Another program called gcasServ.exe appears in the Task Manager when I
> activate the agents, and disappears when I deactivate them.
>
> What is gcasDtServ.exe doing, that it has a noticeable impact on
> performance when no agents are active?
>
> Thanks,
> Chaz
>
>
!