How to identify the process spawned by an application

By ravisunny2
Jul 13, 2012
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  1. My ISP takes me to his homepage whenever I connect to the internet.
    This is an annoyance.
    There seems to be no setting to circumvent this automatic opening of the Home Page.
    Is there an easy way to identify what process is being launched when I start the app.exe of the ISP?
    That way I could use taskill to terminate the process that takes me to the home page.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,026   +221

    Are you saying that if you make www.google.com your home page, you're forced to the ISP page instead?

    That should be a browser problem -- or your anti-virus proxy is interferring.
  3. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,048   +8

    Hi Jobeard,

    Thanks for your response.

    I have set IE8 Home Page about:blank, I.e. Use Blank.
    When I fire up IE8, it takes me to exactly that about:blank.
    I have recently subscribed to a new ISP.
    When I connect to the internet using this new ISP, I am automatically taken to its Home Page.
    This is inbuilt into the ISP’s app.exe (that connects me to the internet).
    Some people may find that convenient, but for me it is an unwanted and unwarranted event.
    This is not a redirection or virus issue.
    I don’t want to hack the app.exe.
    I want to identify the process that app.exe fires up to take me to their Home Page, and terminate the process.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,026   +221

    Today, using an APP.EXE to get access to the net is unusual, unless you are dialing your connection.
    Cable, Satellite, and DSL just don't need that app. Most newer systems don't either, as the computer can
    do the dialing for you.

    So, what is the ISP, the url it is forcing and is your connection a dial-up?
  5. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,048   +8

    ISP: MTS (ZTE Corporation India)

    URL: http://mblaze.websiteforever.com/dashboard120706/index.jsp

    The ISP provides internet access via a USB Dongle.

    When I first used the dongle, there was an automatic installation of drivers, and a desktop shortcut was created.

    During installation this folder is created C:\Program Files\MBlaze UI

    This shortcut starts an application app.exe resident in C:\Program Files\MBlaze UI\bin.

    One of the options is to connect to the internet.

    From the online help of this ISP, I also have this information:

    Note:
    1.The default network setup parameters are as below. Different regions may have different network setup parameters, so please consult your local telecom operator.
    2."Check my phone number" and "Check my balance" functions can be used only when 1X or Hybrid mode is selected in network settings.
    3. During the connection to the network, the users can't change mode 1X/Broadband/Hybrid.

    Phone: #777
    User: internet@internet.mtsindia.in
    Password: MTS
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,026   +221

    I think you are taking the wrong approach, but this tool will show process parent->child relationships
    when run as ADMIN - - just keep clicking on the column named PROCESS until you get the tree.

    That USB Dongle is accessing a Satellite or a Cell Phone provider.
  7. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,048   +8

    Yes, the internet acces is being provided by a Cell Phone provider (probably riding piggy back on BSNL).

    Thank you for the link.

    What would you suggest as the correct approach?
  8. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,048   +8

    Using ProcessExplorer this is what came up:

    0)

    Path:
    -----
    C:\Program Files\MBlaze UI\bin\App.exe

    Command line:
    -------------
    "C:\Program Files\MBlaze UI\bin\App.exe"

    Current Directory:
    -----------------
    C:\Program Files\MBlaze UI\bin\

    Autostart Location:
    ------------------
    n/a

    Parent:
    -------
    explorer.exe(1952)
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    1)

    Path:
    -----
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

    Command line:
    -------------
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -nohome

    Current Directory:
    -----------------
    C:\Documents and Settings\Ravindra K. Banthia\Desktop\

    Autostart Location:
    ------------------
    n/a

    Parent:
    -------
    App.exe(3204)

    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    2)

    Path:
    -----
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

    Command line:
    -------------
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEF:3536 CREDAT:79873

    Current Directory:
    -----------------
    C:\Documents and Settings\Ravindra K. Banthia\Desktop\

    Autostart Location:
    ------------------
    n/a

    Parent:
    -------
    iexplore.exe(3536)
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,026   +221

    that's why this is the wrong approach :sigh:

    What you're after is
    cell-tower- - cell phone connection - - pc browsing

    Many cell phones will do this, even my non-smart phone Nokia 6350. Your Dongle is acting just like
    a cell phone. Recommend this link for ideas.

    Of course, the do nothing, zero effort solution is to just ignore the issue, smile and move forward :)
  10. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,048   +8

    I see your point, and I might as well grin and bear it.:)

    Yes, the dongle as acting as a cell phone, but it does give me internet connectivity.

    The main ISP here is BSNL, and it generally provides a decent enough service.

    However, there are times when the BSNL servers get afflicted by some unknown ailment, leaving us high & dry.

    Hence the need for another access to the net.

    BTW, the bandwith of the MTS dongle is good enough, though not the 3.1Mbps as advertised. I get a bandwidth between 0.5 to 1.0 Mbps.

    Also the automatic routing to the MTS site is only done at initiation of the connection.

    I just close the MTS site, and proceed with my browsing in the normal fashion.


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