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What is alg.exe?

Part of Application Layer Gateway Service by Microsoft

What is it?

The Application Layer Gateway Service provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).

What if I disable Application Layer Gateway Service?

If you are not using Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service, the Application Layer Gateway Service and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) can be safely disabled.
Description of alg.exe from Microsoft
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is the use of a device with Internet access such as 3G cellular service, broadband via Ethernet, or other Internet gateway as an access point for other devices. It was implemented by Microsoft as a feature of its Windows operating system for sharing a single Internet connection on one computer between other computers on the same local area network. It makes use of DHCP and network address translation (NAT). ICS offers configuration for other standard services and some configuration of NAT.
(alg.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does alg.exe run?

Service - alg.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'ALG' (Υπηρεσία πύλης επιπέδου εφαρμογής). This is a system service that is installed with the Windows operating system and protected with Window's File Protection. This service runs as the LOCAL SERVICE account with minimum privileges on the local computer and presents anonymous credentials on the network. Υπηρεσία πύλης επιπέδου εφαρμογής runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the alg.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of alg.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is alg.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00007% CPU654.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     722 KB RAM3.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe

Are there other versions of Application Layer Gateway Serv...?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro N (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: alg.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Application Layer Gateway Service
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 6.2.9200.16384
Size: 69.5 KB
Original file name: ALG.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000654730%
Privileged CPU: 0%
User CPU: 0.00006547296654%
CPU cycle count: 40,324,347
CPU cycle count /min: 23,536
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 19.6 MB
Peak committed memory: 20.91 MB
Paged memory: 722 KB
Peak paged memory: 784 KB
Paged system memory: 41.49 KB
Non-paged system memory: 3.77 KB
Working set memory: 2 MB
Peak working set memory: 3.11 MB
Min working set memory: 1.73 MB
Private memory: 722 KB
Page faults: 923
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1
Total read transfer: 13.82 KB
Total other operations: 166
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 467 Bytes
Other Transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Resources
Handle count average: 76
Thread count average: 3
Thread resource averages
ntdll.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): Local Service
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Command
C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe

Service details

Name: Υπηρεσία πύλης επιπέδου εφαρμογής
Service name: ALG
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Παρέχει υποστήριξη για προσθήκες πρωτοκόλλων άλλων κατασκευαστών για την Κοινόχρηστη σύνδεση στο Internet”

Image hashes

MD5: b5a707e902be5fc9b93c389fba6edf9c
SHA-1: 93b0eb4614bc45a0705e8f642b2fca0513951c5d
SHA-256: 3274d0fc8b3cc0c27ebe3d1e7aa31bf261f265fa31b0ef767f15289e2843a1d6

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.35313
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
api-ms-win-core-delayload-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-errorhandling-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-handle-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-kernel32-legacy-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-memory-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-1.dll
api-ms-win-core-profile-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-registry-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-l2-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-obsolete-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-2-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-threadpool-legacy-l1-1-0.dll
cryptbase.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
mswsock.dll
ole32.dll
ws2_32.dll
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