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What is FwcAgent.exe?

Part of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server by Microsoft (R)

What is it?

Microsoft Firewall Client Agent is a software component of Microsoft Windows that provides firewalling and packet filtering functions. The firewall is based on the Windows Filtering Platform. With the advanced packet filter, rules can also be specified for source and destination IP addresses and port ranges.
Description of fwcagent.exe from Microsoft (R)
A Firewall client is a computer with Firewall Client software installed and enabled. Windows Sockets (Winsock) applications running on Firewall clients can send requests to remote destinations transparently through the Microsoft Firewall service of ISA Server. Setting up Firewall Client does not configure individual Winsock applications. Instead, a dynamic-link library (FwcWsp.dll) in the Firewall Client software becomes a Winsock layered service provider (LSP) that all Winsock applications use transparently. This way, the Firewall Client LSP can intercept Winsock function calls from client applications and then route a request to the original underlying base service provider if the destination is local or to the Firewall service on an ISA Server computer if the destination is remote.
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How does fwcagent.exe run?

Service - FwcAgent.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FwcAgent' (Firewall Client Agent). This service runs as the LOCAL SERVICE account with minimum privileges on the local computer and presents anonymous credentials on the network.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the fwcagent.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of fwcagent.exe users, 13.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is FwcAgent.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
     0.00000067% CPU6.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     1.04 MB RAM4.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\microsoft firewall client 2004\fwcagent.exe

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.131072)

About Microsoft (R) Corporation

Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft More...
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File details

File name: FwcAgent.exe
Publisher: Microsoft (R) Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server
Description: Microsoft Firewall Client Agent
Version: 4.0
Size: 125.81 KB
Original file name: FwcAgent.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 4/4/2006
Expiration date: 10/4/2007

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000013878%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000007146%
User CPU: 0.00000067321496%
Total CPU time: 1,594 ms
Total CPU time /min: 0 ms
Privileged CPU time: 828.12 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
User CPU time: 765.62 ms
User CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 18.5 MB
Peak committed memory: 34.69 MB
Paged memory: 1.04 MB
Peak paged memory: 1.13 MB
Paged system memory: 32.64 KB
Non-paged system memory: 3.27 KB
Working set memory: 2.96 MB
Peak working set memory: 3.2 MB
Min working set memory: 2.96 MB
Private memory: 1.04 MB
Page faults: 94,707
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 117
Total read transfer: 8.02 KB
Total write operations: 9
Total write transfer: 132 Bytes
Total other operations: 373,172
Total other transfer: 36.62 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
USER objects: 1
Handle count average: 325
Thread count average: 8

Process details

Runs as (owner): Local Service
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Firewall Client 2004\FwcAgent.exe"

Service details

Name: Firewall Client Agent
Service name: FwcAgent

Image hashes

MD5: 024c0e47ac6cf525f558400ae09ca63d
SHA-1: b6316d4eb26ffb864f952c2a978c2e771986c289
SHA-256: fa3b8e56c923feafc3899a65b0dc46203f4fc7bef18535aed0cae359116e2200

PE image details

File entropy: 6.40836
File packed: No
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