Concord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 22 Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
I need some help from a knowledgeable person regarding Windows XP 'applications' vs. 'services'.
I use MS-Outlook for all of my mailboxes. I have password protected it for additional security.
What I describe below is an example of what happens on some occasions - not all the time. The fact that it is inconsistent is one thing that bothers me.
When I open Outlook, I'm asked for the password and it opens itself as an 'application' and also as a 'service'. When I exit out of Outlook, it disappears as an application, but stays active as a 'service'.
Consequently, the next time I open Outlook it no longer asks me for a password because it is still active in the background.
Because I use Norton Internet Security, I can see each time that a program attempts to access the internet. So even when I think I have closed Outlook, I see that it is accessing the internet in the background.
I have used Ad-Aware and SpyKiller, and I have run a complete virus scan on my computer - and it appears to be clean.
So WHY does outlook stay active even when I have closed it as an application?