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Vista's Application Layer Gateway Service

ServicesInternet Connection Sharing (ICS) is a way for multiple computers to share one internet connection without using a router. The Application Layer Gateway service helps extend the functionality of ICS by allowing protocol plugins. If you’re not using ICS, you don’t need this service, though because the default startup is manual, it’s not using any resources if ICS isn’t in use, so there is nothing to gain by disabling it.

Display Name:
Application Layer Gateway
Service Name:
Process Name:
Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing.
Path to Executable:
Default Startup:
  • Home Basic: Manual
  • Home Premium: Manual
  • Business: Manual
  • Enterprise: Manual
  • Ultimate: Manual
Log On As:
Local Service
Desktop Interaction:
Depends On:
Required For:
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