March 19th, 2002, 06:25 PM
March 19th, 2002, 06:35 PM
There are many things to do when securing a windows machine.. The first advice I can give you is to use a good search engine and search for security information. Try www.goodle.com and try also to search AO for related information since many questions already have been answered here.
Example search: http://www.google.com/search?num=50&...winxp+security
March 19th, 2002, 06:43 PM
you also may want to try http://www.xp-erience.org/ . it is an entire site dedicated to windows xp. On the site it shows info on tweaks, speed, security ..... any thing you would possibly want on win xp
Hope this helps,
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March 19th, 2002, 06:54 PM
Go to run and type gpedit.msc
March 19th, 2002, 10:41 PM
Xp isn't that bad once you get use to it. I actually think it's pretty good, although, I was running ME before. I've gone from around 3 "blue screens of death" a day to zero. You can't beat that!
Even though XP comes with it's own firewall I'd still download another one. Call me paranoid but I just don't trust a Micro$oft firewall. Who knows what rules they've set????
As far as tweaking goes you cant beat the brilliant site TweakXp. They even have a similar forum set up to the one's here....
Anyway, it sounds like you're only new to XP so what I recommend is that you don't judge it untill you really know it. Don't just hate it beacause all your friends at school say it's cool to hate Micro$oft...Give it a go and think for yourself!
March 19th, 2002, 10:57 PM
Yes to what the others said. And I would definitely make sure I disable the "Remote Desktop Connections" feature that you can use to allow other people to access your computer. I haven't heard of any exploits yet, but anything is possible. Also, definitely go to the Microsoft Windows Update Site. It will have the patches and other updates you need. Before you do anything else make sure you get the patch that takes care of the Universal Plug and Play vulnerability. The Windows update site should have that. Also, Steve's Gibson's website www.grc.com offers a tool to disable/reenable UPnP networking. It's called Unplug N Pray. Heh. Also you want to make sure you disable Netbios. If you need help with that PM me.
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March 19th, 2002, 11:11 PM
Make sure Xp is not set to open VBS and VBE with Windows Base. Change it to notepad.
This will patch up a large security hole. Also delete, Windows Messenger. Also Don't let your family members use Outlook, or Outlook Express. Thats an open invitation for WORMS.
Also, but I am not sure, but I think you should probley run through the Internet Options and make sure everything is okay there. Dont be another VICTIM of Default Windows XP Setup.
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March 20th, 2002, 01:52 AM
March 20th, 2002, 01:54 AM
Conf1rm3d_K1ll > I normally have to restart my computer around 12 times a day so your lucky lol
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March 21st, 2002, 12:43 AM
Wow! 12 times!? Something's definitely wrong there. It might be time for a format c: and a fresh install?
I can leave this box (XP Pro) running 24/7, 7 days a week without a hiccup. It's also running that "Seti @ Home" screensaver constantly in the search for extrateristrial life...The only reason I run the screensaver is because I remember someone here saying "your processor has gotta earn it's keep!"....I agree. We can't just have processor's sitting around doing nothing....