SSDPSRV.exe is a process (Simple Service Discovery Protocol) that is a subcomponent for USB. Although some reports say this program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated, I am not so sure.
If you have no USB devices attached, I don't see why you can't disable the process.
Links giving more information below;
The last link shows the best way to disable/remove this process.
With ZoneAlarm you can simply deny access, and tick the box within the popup to "Remember this action".
In the past few days, my Windows 98SE computer has started to do something strange. Every few minutes (sometimes every minute), some program briefly takes control and attempts to access the "local zone" using "SSDP Service on Windows Millennium" - that's C:\Windows\SSDPSRV.exe. I know this because my firewall warns me.
Although this mysterious program immediately returns focus to the program I was working on, it causes a couple of problems:
- It prevents my screensaver from starting.
- If I'm using the mouse to drag or scroll when this program takes over, I have to restart the operation. Likewise, if I'm typing, the last couple of keystrokes are lost.
Aside from the irritation, I'm wondering if it's some sort of spyware. My anti-spyware software reports nothing (both Ad-Aware and Spybot).
Two days ago, my anti-virus showed nothing on a full scan. I redid the scan yesterday, and it found Win32:Agent-DZT[Trj] - that's C:\Windows\uneng.exe, which the anti-virus deleted for me. (I have no idea what the Trojan does; I didn't find any useful information on Google.) Because the virus seemed to have come in only yesterday, I don't know if it has anything to do with the problem.
How can I find out which program is doing this, allowing me to uninstall or disable it?