Is the alg.exe process a virus, spyware or malware?

Process description:

Application Layer Gateway Service

Author: Microsoft
Part of: Windows
The alg.exe process, or Application Layer Gateway service is a crucial part of the Windows operating system as is used by 3rd party applications such as firewalls or applications that require access to Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) for access to the internet.

This process is considered safe and should not be stopped. If the process is cancelled, all access to the internet will stop until your computer is restarted.

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Common location(s):
C:\windows\System32
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