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Services Utility: Alerter Service

Display Name (?): Alerter
Short Name (?): Alerter
Executable (?): svchost.exe
Library (?): alrsvc.dll
Depends On (?): Workstation
Supports (?): None.
Description (?): Notifies selected users and computers of administrative alerts. If the service is stopped, programs that use administrative alerts will not receive them. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
OS (?): NT4 Workstation, 2000 Professional, XP Home/Professional, Vista Home/Business, NT4 Server, 2000 Server, Server 2003, Vista Server
Startup (?):

Explanation (?):

The alerter service is aimed for use on a corporate/business network. It is used to redirect administrative alerts from the computer the error occurs on to another computer. This is really only useful for domain server environments. Generally speaking the average user will never use this service. Leaving this service set to manual is fine since it only starts if you have a device set to use it. Examples of devices that use it are special hard-disk controllers such as RAIDs or a UPS.

If you are a home user then you can safely disable this service.

Please visit /tools/services/ for the complete Services utility.