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wfpdiag.etl. What is that?

  1. #1


    Carl Guest

    wfpdiag.etl. What is that?

    wfpdiag.etl is doing regular reads (about every second)of my system
    (C:\) drive. What is it? Is it dangerous? Why the constant drive activity?

    Thanks

    Carl

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  3. #2


    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: wfpdiag.etl. What is that?

    "Carl" <cmuffoletto@consultant.com> wrote in message
    news:e9Zz6CRqHHA.1200@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > wfpdiag.etl is doing regular reads (about every second)of my system (C:\)
    > drive. What is it? Is it dangerous? Why the constant drive activity?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Carl



    I'm not sure what the file is. I have it on my computer. If you open it in
    notepad it appears to be something to do with time zones and IPSec. Use this
    tool

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys...k/Filemon.mspx

    to get information on what process is using the file.

    --
    Kerry Brown
    Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    http://www.vistahelp.ca



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    David Beder [MSFT] Guest

    Re: wfpdiag.etl. What is that?

    This is a trace file created by Windows to collect diagnostics information
    around ipsec and firewall activity. Such info could be later read by a
    troubleshooting tool to help diagnose connectivity failures. I would not
    expect it to be active unless you are receiving (or maybe sending) traffic
    which is being blocked by your security software.

    Is the file growing over time? How large is it getting?

    --
    David
    Microsoft Windows Networking
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.


    "Carl" <cmuffoletto@consultant.com> wrote in message
    news:e9Zz6CRqHHA.1200@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > wfpdiag.etl is doing regular reads (about every second)of my system (C:\)
    > drive. What is it? Is it dangerous? Why the constant drive activity?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Carl




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  5. #4


    Carl Guest

    Re: wfpdiag.etl. What is that?

    David-thanks for your input. You pointed me at Vista's firewall and that
    enabled me to locate the program that was causing so much disk activity
    involving wfpdiag.etl.

    I had installed a program from Shinx Software called Vista Firewall
    Control that allows management of the firewall via a simple GUI. It
    installs as a system service. Once I disabled the service and rebooted,
    the disk activity ceased.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Carl
    David Beder [MSFT] wrote:
    > This is a trace file created by Windows to collect diagnostics information
    > around ipsec and firewall activity. Such info could be later read by a
    > troubleshooting tool to help diagnose connectivity failures. I would not
    > expect it to be active unless you are receiving (or maybe sending) traffic
    > which is being blocked by your security software.
    >
    > Is the file growing over time? How large is it getting?
    >


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  6. #5


    Rock Guest

    Re: wfpdiag.etl. What is that?

    "Carl" <cmuffoletto@consultant.com> wrote
    > David-thanks for your input. You pointed me at Vista's firewall and that
    > enabled me to locate the program that was causing so much disk activity
    > involving wfpdiag.etl.
    >
    > I had installed a program from Shinx Software called Vista Firewall
    > Control that allows management of the firewall via a simple GUI. It
    > installs as a system service. Once I disabled the service and rebooted,
    > the disk activity ceased.


    > Carl
    > David Beder [MSFT] wrote:
    >> This is a trace file created by Windows to collect diagnostics
    >> information around ipsec and firewall activity. Such info could be later
    >> read by a troubleshooting tool to help diagnose connectivity failures. I
    >> would not expect it to be active unless you are receiving (or maybe
    >> sending) traffic which is being blocked by your security software.
    >>
    >> Is the file growing over time? How large is it getting?
    >>



    Ahh, now that you mention it, I thought I had seen that file being accessed
    at some point on this system but just couldn't remember the specifics since
    it was happened some time ago. But yes I had installed Vista Firewall
    Control some time ago, and the reason I removed it was this constant file
    access.

    Glad it's sorted now.

    --
    Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]


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    Re: wfpdiag.etl. What is that?

    I have Vista Firewall Control installed (freeware version) and find it excellent.
    My HDD was being accessed by the same file as above.
    Installed the latest version (1.3.8.305) and the issue has gone away (i think the newer version addresses the issue)
    cheers

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