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DCOM errors

This has probably been asked so many times before, but I am not getting the explantions when I read up on it. I have noticed 2 DCOM errors in my event log and I tried reading up on them on, but the explanation is only available to members. There is:

DCOM event 10000:
Unable to start a DCOM Server: {?}. The error:
"The system cannot find the file specified. "
Happened while starting this command:
"C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\SoftwareUpdate.exe" -Embedding

DCOM event 10016:
The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
to the user NUMBER2\Nikki SID (?). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

What do these mean and are they harmful?

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Sounds like quicktime

In reply to: DCOM errors

Sounds like the Quicktime/ itunes update program. Try reinstalling the Quicktime software from the apple website. Clear your event log and see if the error returns.

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Personally, I Uninstall The 'Apple Update Software'...

In reply to: DCOM errors

...which resides in the Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs section.. It serves no purpose on our computers, except to use bandwidth and resources, and it is installed when Quicktime or iTunes is placed on the computer. I remove it..

Hope this helps.


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In reply to: Personally, I Uninstall The 'Apple Update Software'...

it took me so long to respond back. I haven't seen the error message since I posted this, but I think I will still uninstall the Apple Update Software. However, I did notice a new Event that I am concerned about:

Event Type: Information
Event Source: MSDTC
Event Category: TM
Event ID: 2444

MS DTC started with the following settings:

Security Configuration (OFF = 0 and ON = 1):
Network Administration of Transactions = 0,
Network Clients = 0,
Inbound Distributed Transactions using Native MSDTC Protocol = 0,
Outbound Distributed Transactions using Native MSDTC Protocol = 0,
Transaction Internet Protocol (TIP) = 0,
XA Transactions = 0

What on earth, in simplest possible terms, does that mean and is it anything to be concerned about? This is the first time it has appeared in the viewer. Thanks!

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Note The Event Type: Information

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The event is simply providing you information about Microsoft "Distributed Transaction Coordinator" service being active and with all indicated settings in the off position.. On this XP PRO SP3 computer, that particular service is set to manual(default) and stopped and probably isn't necessary for most home users..

The ""Distributed Transaction Coordinator""...."Coordinates transactions that span multiple resource managers, such as databases, message queues, and file systems. If this service is stopped, these transactions will not occur. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. "

Just some links:

What does Distributed Transaction Coordinator do?

Hope this helps.


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Oh okay

In reply to: Note The Event Type: Information

I think I understand it. I was just concerned because 7/26 was the first time it has ever appeared in the event log and I have been having a lot of trouble with several virus warnings, including one SPR/security-privacy risk warning, and I was just afraid that the message may have had something to do with it. Or if it may have been something hard drive related.

Is it set to manual on XP Home SP 2 as well?


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Yes, 'Manual' Is Default For XP HOME SP2 Also

In reply to: Oh okay

And if you're concerned about malware, please follow the instructions below to give your computer a good check:

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the link below:

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.

* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediately.

Hope this helps.


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It does help

In reply to: Yes, 'Manual' Is Default For XP HOME SP2 Also

especially since I just downloaded MBAM last week after all of the virus warnings started coming and doing some research on this forum. All of the scans I have ran so far were clean, as well as all of other scanners I ran- Spybot, Superantispyware, Blacklight Rootkit Elimnator, Ewido Antispyware Online scan, Kaspersky online scan, etc. (I also have SpywareBlaster installed) My antivirus scan came up clean expect for the leftover quarantined viruses still haunting System Restore, which I hadn't gotten around to disabling at the time and resetting (but are all cleaned out now). SO it seems like my computer is clean (I hope).

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